John T. Parker, MD, is offering an innovative new therapy for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. The Inspire® upper airway stimulation system is a fully implantable nerve stimulator, which works to keep your airway from collapsing during sleep. Inspire is indicated for treatment of patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea who are intolerant of CPAP therapy.
Inspire therapy works by implanting a small device under your skin. The device is placed in an outpatient procedure at our ASC, with no overnight stay involved. Once implanted, the device works by delivering minute electrical impulses to selected nerves innervating the tongue musculature to keep the airway open during sleep. You receive a remote control to activate the device during sleep and inactivate it while awake. Studies have shown the treatment to be highly effective in preventing airway obstruction and to be well tolerated by users. Over 1,600 patients throughout the United States have received Inspire implants.
Dr. Parker, who is board certified in otolaryngology, is the only physician in the state of Washington trained to offer Inspire therapy. Proliance is proud to be among the first to offer this treatment.
Inspire therapy is a breakthrough obstructive sleep apnea treatment option now offered at IMS. While you’re sleeping, Inspire monitors every breath you take. Based on your unique breathing patters, the system delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, allowing the airway to remain open during sleep.