Sleep apnea patients in Mississippi interested in Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation now have a new option, reports the Meridian Star.

“Until now, Mississippi’s only provider of Inspire therapy was University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson,” said John G. Anderson, President and CEO of Anderson Regional Health System. Patients were traveling to Jackson or possibly Birmingham to receive treatment that is now available close to home. We are committed to continue providing our patients with new treatment options that improve their quality of life.”

Inspire therapy is the first implantable device for treating OSA. In contrast to CPAP, Inspire therapy works from inside the body and with a patient’s natural breathing process. The implantable system includes a small generator, a sensing lead and a stimulation lead. Turned on by a handheld remote, it delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open during sleep.

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