Saint Francis Hospital is now offering Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation
(UAS) therapy, a breakthrough obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment
option for those who cannot use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy.
OSA affects 18 million Americans. It occurs when a person’s airway
collapses during sleep and blocks the flow of oxygen to their brain. The
brain senses a lack of oxygen and wakes the person up just long enough
for them to take a breath, and then they fall back asleep. This cycle
continues throughout the night, repeatedly disrupting the person’s
sleep. When left untreated, OSA can cause vehicle and workplace accidents,
worsening mood and memory, stroke, heart attack, and even death.
“Inspire therapy represents a significant advancement in treating
sleep apnea,” said Dr. Michael Polnerow, Chief Medical Officer at
Saint Francis Healthcare. “It is clinically proven to reduce sleep
apnea events and also has a high level of patient satisfaction and therapy
adherence. We’re excited to be offering this promising therapy to
sleep apnea patients who struggle with CPAP.”
Inspire therapy works inside the body with a patient’s natural breathing
process to treat sleep apnea. Mild stimulation keeps the airway open during
sleep, allowing oxygen to flow naturally. The patient uses a small handheld
remote to turn Inspire on before bed and off when they wake up.
The safety and efficacy of Inspire therapy was measured during the STAR
clinical trial. One-year STAR trial results were published in January
9, 2014, edition of the
New England Journal of Medicine, showing patients using Inspire therapy had significant reductions in sleep
apnea events and significant improvements in quality-of-life measures.
These reductions and improvements were sustained over a five-year follow-up period.
“Those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea now have an alternative
choice for treatment in Delaware,” said Dan Sinnott, President and
CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare. “Offering this care is yet another
way we are growing to meet the community’s needs and positioning
Become Delaware’s Preferred Healthcare Provider.”
To learn more about Inspire therapy, please visit InspireSleep.com.
For more information, please call Lauren Mancini at 302-454-7901.