WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center completes first inspire therapy procedure

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center announced that Levi Stevens, M.D., board certified otolaryngologist with WVU Medicine Ear, Nose and Throat in Martinsburg and Charles Town, recently completed the hospital’s first Inspire® Therapy procedure. Inspire is an FDA-approved obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment option for people who cannot use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.

OSA affects 22 million Americans. It occurs when the airway collapses during sleep and blocks the flow of oxygen to the brain. The brain senses a lack of oxygen and wakes the body up just long enough to take a breath, then falls back asleep. This cycle repeats throughout the night and causes poor, disruptive sleep.

Inspire works inside the body with a patient’s natural breathing process to treat sleep apnea. Mild stimulation opens the airway during sleep, allowing oxygen to flow naturally. The patient uses a small handheld remote to turn Inspire on before bed and off when waking up.

The Inspire system is implanted during a short, outpatient procedure. It is placed under the skin of the neck and chest through two small incisions. Most patients return home the same day and take over-the-counter pain medicaitons to manage pain as needed.

The safety and efficacy of Inspire was evaluated during the STAR clinical trial. Five-year STAR trial outcomes show patients using Inspire experience signfifcant reductions in sleep apnea events and significant improvements in quality-of-life measures. There have been over 150 peer-reviewed publications on Inspire.

“We are excited to have completed the area’s first Inspire procedure at Berkeley Medical Center,” Dr. Stevens said. “Inspire represents a significant advancement in treating sleep apnea. It is clinically proven to reduce sleep apnea events, has a high level of patient satisfaction, and a high therapy adherence.”

To learn more about Inspire, please visit InspireSleep.com or call 304-969-7334.

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