Sleep apnoea 'miracle'

Tuesday March 30, 2010

Melbourne based scientists are giving new hope to sleep apnoea sufferers.

Approximately half a million Aussies suffer with the condition, which is characterised by the tongue blocking the airway during sleep. In severe cases, breathing is stopped up to 300 times a night. A new device is, however, being hailed a miracle treatment.

The Apnex Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation (HGNS™) System is an implantable medical device that is designed to be inserted under the collarbone and work much like a cardiac pacemaker. The device treats moderate to severe cases.

The Neurostimulator stimulates the hypoglossal nerve through the Stimulation Lead – this is synchronized with a patient's breathing cycle that’s measured by the Respiration Lead. The nerve activates the muscle, which assists in keeping the airway open during sleep.

Device breakdown

Apnex Implantable Neurostimulator - A device that is implanted below the collarbone.

Apnex Respiration Sensing Leads - Leads that are implanted under the skin and placed along the lower edge of the ribs and connected to the neurostimulator.

Apnex Stimulation Lead - A lead that is implanted under the skin and placed around the hypoglossal nerve in the neck region and connected to the neurostimulator.

Apnex Therapy Controller - A handheld device that can be used by patients to start or stop therapy to meet their sleep needs.

Apnex Programmer System - An external device used by doctors to review information and non-invasively program the therapy settings.

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