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[-] Jaknyc +0 points · almost 3 years ago

I read recently about an implantable device that might help with moderate to severe apnea.
What is the latest info on this?

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[-] truckerdad57 +0 points · almost 3 years ago

If you're talking about the hypoglossal stimulation. I'm pretty sure that it's still in research.

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[-] BrightElectricBlueCormorant9256 +0 points · over 1 year ago

It's now pretty commonly available

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[-] Thistle +0 points · almost 3 years ago

Has anyone gone through the jab bone surgery to reduce obstructive apnea? I'm considering this and would like to gain feedback from those that have gone through this to see if they have experience positive results.

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[-] Thistle +0 points · almost 3 years ago

Meant to say JAW bone surgery.....

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[-] ExuberantBeigePigeon1612 +0 points · almost 3 years ago

Don't know anything about the jaw bone surgery. It sounds painful. I've got my fingers crossed that the Inspire implantable device will eventually be covered by insurance companies. I think my understanding is that it's meant to be only for obstructive sleep apnea (not central apneas) and it's meant for people with moderate to severe apnea. I don't recall what category I fall under, but someday I'd hope it may be made available to me.

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[-] Jorja +0 points · over 2 years ago

There's an implant being tested for mixed and central apnea called Remede. It stimulates breathing muscles when your brain doesn't.

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[-] HumorousCoralGuanaco9994 +0 points · over 2 years ago

Inspire Therapy is available today (FDA approved and being implanted) and being covered by insurances across the country. It is not generally for all central apnea, patients must be less than or equal to 25%. It is for patients with AHI > 20 <65 that fail on CPAP and have a BMI< 32. Visit www.inspiresleep.com to learn more about therapy as well about implanting centers of excellence near you. Any person is welcome to call me direct at 9173642105 if you are in the greater New York area and would like to talk more about this exciting new therapy option. george

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[-] Jorja +0 points · over 2 years ago

According to their website, Inspire Therapy is for moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea. There is an implantable device being tested for Central and Mixed Apnea called Remede but I think it's only in the test phase right now.

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[-] HumorousCoralGuanaco9994 +0 points · over 2 years ago

Correct, I was responding to specific question in Mixed & Central apnea - Inspire is for Moderate to Severe OSA, is being covered by insurances and is being implanted across the country

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[-] UnderstandingTaupeSalmon6295 +0 points · over 2 years ago

Hi a couple nights I had a bad night with Cpap, got to work with to work within 10min I could feel the effects of it. 1. I could not park my car in a parking spot and 2. I could not walk straight, it was as though I was drunk. Has this ever happen to anyone else or is this normal for someone with sleep apnea?

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[-] barbz +0 points · over 2 years ago

I had a bad night recently and ended up taking the mask off, after trying an alternative first. No CPAP treatment. While I did feel it the next day...mainly regarding my concentration and thinking capabilities, I did not have the severe problems you had! I did sleep in a recliner when I took the masks off and that helps me anyway! My other physical problems were magnified...sinuses and balance issues. The latter was not severe as yours seem to be.

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[-] ToughPeriwinkleStingray8306 +0 points · over 2 years ago

Thistle,

I did Capp, then dental device over 2.5 yrs. then double jaw surgery, removal of uvula, and removal of turbinates in my nose. Typically they do the surgeries one at a time but mine were all at once which was a good and bad thing. Good to get it ll handled, bad to recover!

I was very fortunate to have a oral surgeon close to me in San Diego who probably is one of the best. I had severe obstructive apnea due to my jaw line creating a small airway so I was a good candidate for the surgery. I did lots of research and talked to lots of different doctors, and as I mentioned I did try cpap and dental device for 2 yrs and it just wasn't doing the trick for me. Recovery was very difficult but mainly due to the massive amount of things I had done all at once. This was in christmas of 2011. it was almost a year before i felt normal again and gained back feeling in my lips and chin. The results were life changing for me. I can barely snore at all even now. My post op sleep study was great and I sleep fine again. I have more energy and clear thinking again. Aside from the long term damage of 10 yrs of bad sleep and low O2 levels I am back to normal and even though it was very difficult I would donot all over again.

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[-] UnderstandingIndigoBuffalo6082 +0 points · over 2 years ago

Jaknyc

I read recently about an implantable device that might help with moderate to severe apnea. What is the latest info on this?

Jaknyc, you are probably referring to Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation therapy which was FDA approved about a year ago. You can learn more here http://www.sleepapnea.org/treat/treatment-options.html Best wishes!

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[-] Pat +0 points · over 2 years ago

I've always heard that the recovery from that surgery is murder. I was told by a SA Doc that the surgeries usually don't work. I'm very happy to read a positive outcome like yours. There is a SA Doc in my town that specializes in the Inspire surgery. I've read some great reviews from people post surgery. I believe I'm not a candidate because my OSA is severe plus I'm over-weight and not a spring chicken anymore. I keep putting off making an appt. I'm going to get my hopes up and they will be dashed. Thank you for sharing your success story ^

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[-] ReliableYankeesBlueHare4709 +0 points · over 2 years ago

Been a CPAP user for only 10 years now, haven't had a study in about four years, what is the AHI indicator,? Last I was told was my RDI was 97 and O2 sats dropped to 58 yeah severe sleep apnea... Feel like a dope asking but hey... I asked my doctor about the implant, that sounds sooo much better than CPAP sign me up!!

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