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.
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.
For more information, go to www.apnexmedical.com