If you and your doctor agree that you’re a candidate for the Inspire system, here’s what you can expect the procedure to be like:
- The Inspire system is placed under the skin of your neck and chest, through three small incisions.
- It’s usually inserted during an outpatient procedure while you’re under general anesthesia.
- You’ll have some mild discomfort and swelling at the incision sites for a few days after the procedure. This is usually managed with over-the-counter pain medicine, like Advil or Tylenol.
- You can return to a regular diet and most activities of daily living right after the procedure.
- You should avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks.
Using your Inspire system:
- You’ll turn on the device with the sleep remote.
- After you fall asleep, the Inspire system syncs with your breathing patterns, and then sends mild stimulation to key muscles of the airway throughout the night to keep your breathing passages open.