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Inspire® therapy enables patients to breathe
regularly so they can sleep soundly.

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Inspire therapy works inside the body

During an approximately 90-minute outpatient procedure, the Inspire® implant is placed in the body through two small incisions. After the procedure, patients work with their provider to fine tune their therapy settings and learn how to use to the Inspire™ remote to turn the therapy on and off. Once activated, Inspire therapy syncs with patients’ breathing during sleep, and uses gentle pulses to move their tongue out of the airway so they can breathe regularly and sleep soundly.

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The Inspire therapy procedure is a 1-2 hour outpatient surgery in which patients are placed under general anesthesia.

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Incision 1

The first incision is made under the patient’s chin where the nerve controlling their tongue is located. A small cuff is placed on this nerve.

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Incision 2

The second incision is made in the upper chest where the implant and breathing sensor are placed.

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After the procedure, patients can expect some discomfort and swelling for a few days, but can resume more strenuous activities within a few weeks.

Many of your patients may be eligible for Inspire therapy

Learn more about eligibility and contraindications.

Over 50,000 patients have chosen Inspire therapy

  • 79% reduction in sleep apnea events

  • Broadly covered by insurance

  • 90% patient satisfaction

Living with Inspire therapy

About a month after the procedure, patients have a follow-up appointment with a sleep physician to activate the Inspire implant and learn how to use their Inspire remote. After a few months of use, patients have a follow-up sleep study to ensure their sleep goals are being met. Once all is confirmed, patients will have check-ins with their sleep physician every 6-12 months at physician discretion.

Stimulation Therapy for Apnea Reduction (STAR) Clinical Trial Outcomes1

The Stimulation Therapy for Apnea Reduction (STAR) clinical trial began in 2010 at 22 leading medical centers across the United States and Europe. One-year STAR Trial outcome measures were published in the January 9, 2014 version of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Results showed that sleep apnea patients receiving Inspire implant experienced significant reductions in sleep apnea events and significant improvements in quality of life measures.

The significant improvements and reductions measured after 1-year were sustained over a 5-year follow-up period. The outcomes include:

  • 79% reduction in AHI events1

  • Significant improvements in daytime functioning as measured by FOSQ score1

  • Significant reductions in daytime sleepiness1

  • 90% of bed partners reported soft or no snoring for their partner, as compared to only 17% of bed partners at baseline1

Imaging with Inspire therapy

It’s important to understand what model of the Inspire implant your patient has, because different models have different imaging guidelines.

It is important to note that all Inspire therapy patients are eligible to have CT scans, X-Rays and ultrasound images taken anywhere in the body.

You have several options to determine what type of Inspire Generator Model is implanted in your patient:

  • Look at the Patient’s ID Card

  • Examine the patient’s medical records

  • Identify through X-Ray

There is a YELLOW MR TRIANGLE on the back of the Patient ID Card if your patient has the Inspire implant Generator Model 3028. If so, they are eligible for full body MRI scans provided specific guidelines are followed.

If your patient has the Inspire implant Generator Model 3024, they are not eligible for MRI scans. However, they are eligible to have CT scans, X-Rays and ultrasound images taken anywhere in the body.

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Inspire SleepSync™ Patient Management Platform

The Inspire SleepSync platform is a connected patient management system designed to improve the Inspire therapy experience for patients and providers. The Inspire SleepSync platform enables wireless and automatic implant monitoring, efficient care coordination, and dynamic patient engagement.

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Inspire physician at a computer
Physician Inspire Rep showing a tablet to a potential recipient

How to Incorporate Inspire therapy into Your Practice

It’s easy to get started—talk with an Inspire therapy expert and they’ll explain the training process. Once you’ve received your Inspire therapy training, you’ll be able to offer your CPAP-intolerant patients another option to help treat their OSA.

1 Strollo, P.J., et. al., Upper-Airway Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea N Engl J Med 2014; 370:139-149