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New device brings treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea patients

The most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea was to use a continuous positive airway...
The most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea was to use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy machine. However, lots of patients just won't use it because it can be inconvenient and uncomfortable.(Source: UofL Health)
Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 2:18 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 23, 2021 at 2:22 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Obstructive sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, preventing them from getting a restful night’s sleep. If untreated, it can cause serious medical problems.

For years, the most common treatment was to use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy machine. However, lots of patients just won’t use it because it can be inconvenient and uncomfortable. Now, a new surgical technique, called Inspire, is offering new hope.

Inspire is a device that’s implanted under the collarbone and works with the Hypoglossal nerve to prevent sleep apnea.

“Patients love it,” said Dr. Kevin Potts, a otolaryngologist with UofL Physicians. “They use it. So unlike CPAP, there is not a lot of issue with tolerance of this device. So the biggest things are they like it, they use it, and it’s effective.”

Dr. Kevin Potts, a otolaryngologist with UofL Physicians.
Dr. Kevin Potts, a otolaryngologist with UofL Physicians.(Source: UofL Health)

Inspire has a 94% success rate and is covered by most insurance plans.

Learn more about Inspire during a Facebook Live by UofL Health at 7 p.m. Monday, July 26, on the UofL Health Facebook page. Dr. Potts will be available to answer questions you may have.

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