Are you struggling with using a CPAP machine to treat your obstructive sleep apnea? Neurosurgery One now offers a new, effective sleep apnea treatment that doesn’t require a mask or hose. It’s called Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy. It is a breakthrough treatment option for people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who cannot use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.
FAQs About Inspire Sleep Therapy
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Conditions Treated with Inspire
How does Inspire sleep therapy work?
Inspire works while you’re asleep to keep your airways open, allowing you — and your partner — to get deep, quiet sleep.
Inspire is a small device that is placed in your upper chest through tiny incisions during a same-day, outpatient procedure. You come back 30 days later to have it programmed, and you’re done.
Each night, you simply click the small remote to turn Inspire on. Then, while you sleep peacefully, Inspire delivers mild, imperceptible stimulation to keep your airways open, allowing you to breathe normally and wake refreshed.
You turn off the Inspire stimulator when you wake up. That’s it. No mask, no hose, no loud breathing machine. Just sleep.
What are the benefits to Inspire sleep therapy?
There have been more than 90 peer-reviewed studies on Inspire therapy. Notable outcomes include:
Who can get Inspire sleep therapy?
If you have been diagnosed with moderate or severe sleep apnea, you might be a candidate for Inspire if:
- You are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP
- You are not significantly obese
- You are at least 22 years old
Is Inspire sleep therapy covered by insurance?
Yes, most U.S. insurance companies cover the cost of Inspire for patients who meet the eligibility requirements. Typically, patients can expect to pay any unmet deductible along with any copay or coinsurance fee for outpatient surgery. Medicare also covers the cost of Inspire, but a different type of specialist may need to perform it. If you have Medicare coverage, we will work with you to make a referral to an appropriate specialist.
Who specializes in Inspire sleep therapy in the South Denver area?
Dr. Andrew Romeo is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon specializing in functional neurosurgery, including Inspire therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. After completing his undergraduate study at Rhodes College in Tennessee, Dr. Romeo completed his medical degree, neurosurgery residency and a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham