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Inspire?
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Has anyone on this forum had the Inspire implant device? If so, how is it going? Anyone else looking at it?

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Grady
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Are you looking at it, or are you promoting it? Somehow a device that gives 68% improvement to patients with OSA doesn't inspire my confidence in the device. A device that sends current through my tongue also doesn't excite me either.
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(03-30-2016, 09:32 AM)dunhamg Wrote: Has anyone on this forum had the Inspire implant device? If so, how is it going? Anyone else looking at it?

Thanks,
Grady

Here is a link to a prior discussion on this:

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...on-Therapy
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(03-30-2016, 09:48 AM)GrammaBear Wrote: Are you looking at it, or are you promoting it? Somehow a device that gives 68% improvement to patients with OSA doesn't inspire my confidence in the device. A device that sends current through my tongue also doesn't excite me either.

I was checking into it. Don't have any other connection to it. Just wondering what people here on the board thought of it.

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Grady

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I spoke with a sleep otolaryngologist about it, he only recommends them for older patients that obstruct in the tongue region only. If you have soft palate obstructions as well and/or nasal congestion it's less effective, but you could get Inspire + other surgeries (such as expansion sphincter pharyngoplasty for the soft palate). You can get a drug induced sleep endoscopy done to find out where your obstruction(s) occur. The age part was mostly about young people usually not wanting an implant.

This is the surgeon I spoke to: http://www.sleep-doctor.com/about-dr-kezirian/ He's very helpful if you have questions.
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Hi dunhamg,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
I have read about it, but an implant doesn’t appeal to me. CPAP therapy works well for me, so I’ll just continue being a hosehead.
Hang in there for more responses to your post and much success to you with your CPAP therapy.
trish6hundred
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Inspire is really meant for exactly what you say. The tongue obstruction as well as someone who is not less than in their 40's. I am 56 when mine was done a few months ago. My results were very good. ALso my doctor after the endoscopy told me I was the poster child for this therapy.
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Iowa VA is starting to do this so I'm going in next month to be evaluated as see if I would be a good candidate for it.

Grady
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We really don’t get much feedback from folks either using this or contemplating using an inspire implant, but if you are going to go through the process, please come back and let us know.

If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you will see similar threads on this subject.
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