If you and your doctor agree that you’re a candidate for upper airway stimulation (Inspire® therapy), here’s what you can expect the procedure to be like:
- The Inspire® system is placed under the skin of your neck and chest, through three small incisions.
- It’s usually inserted during an outpatient procedure while you’re under general anesthesia.
- You’ll have some mild discomfort and swelling at the incision sites for a few days after the procedure. This is usually managed with over-the-counter pain medicine, like Advil or Tylenol.
- You can return to a regular diet and most activities of daily living right after the procedure.
- You should avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks.
How to Use Your Inspire® System
- You’ll turn on the device with the sleep remote.
- After you fall asleep, the Inspire® system syncs with your breathing patterns, and then sends mild stimulation to key muscles of the airway throughout the night to keep your breathing passages open.