Sleep apnea trials favor Maple Grove firm's pacemaker-like device

  • Article by: James Walsh , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 9, 2014 - 6:00 AM

Researchers call Inspire Medical Systems' device a viable for patients who can’t tolerate continuous airway pressure (CPAP) machines.

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klmoonJan. 8, 14 4:18 PM

Sorry, I will keep my CPAP. Less invasive and I haven't had one problem since the day I started using it.

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tracerbulletJan. 8, 14 6:06 PM

Pretty awesome, but $30,000 vs. $1,000? Please remind me again why insurance is so expensive.

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flusher75Jan. 8, 14 6:09 PM

CPAP is difficult to use for people who have had UP3 surgery for apnea. This might be a good fit for those people.

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fatredneckJan. 8, 14 6:16 PM

I tried CPAP for about six months, and couldn't stand it. I wish I could give this a try. Maybe someday down the road... I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea, so I'm not in terrible shape without therapy. I would appreciate an alternative like this. Some people love their machines, but I couldn't tolerate it. Slept much worse when on the machine. Also hated the constant follow up dr appts required by CPAP.

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shaficiJan. 8, 14 6:20 PM

This is nvasive procedure that required surgery. There is another surgery called UPPV (they basically shave some tissue out of your airway). This procedure is been around for long time. Why this procedure is different. CPAP works fine if you can tolerate it. Custome dental device is nother option for mild OSA. Good luck to them. This device will effect very small amount of patient.

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myob_STJan. 8, 14 6:50 PM

I have mild sleep apnea, and they prescribed a CPAP, but I have a phobia of being restrained - I can't stand it. Couldn't possibly sleep with it. If my apnea gets worse, at least I have some avenue to explore.

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georgina17Jan. 8, 14 7:28 PM

Fatredneck: I wonder if the newer CPAP machines might be a help for you. Most of my relatives are built with necks that result in sleep apnea, and no one has follow-up appointments after getting their machines set up. The new ones are so self-adjusting that they might take care of that for you, and they adjust pressure while you wear them may make it much less disruptive as well.

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imperialmanJan. 8, 14 7:56 PM

I know some people don't like the CPAP, but I love mine. I have been using it for close to 4 years. I believe it literally changed my life.

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georgina17Jan. 8, 1410:07 PM

Imperialman: I have relatives who wouldn't think of going to bed without their CPAP, as well. It even changed our lives when my father first started using his. When he would come to visit, he used to fall asleep sitting on the sofa after lunch, and we would go about our normal life as if he wasn't there. After he got his CPAP, he wouldn't do that nap routine and we had/got to start planning afternoon activities with him!

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RanickJan. 8, 1410:49 PM

I can't imagine choosing this invasive procedure over CPAP. I hated my CPAP at first, but I knew if I didn't stick with it that the apnea would eventually kill me. I wouldn't dream of sleeping without it now that I have gotten used to it. It just took time and perseverance.

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