Inspire Medical Systems Inc, a medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative and minimally invasive solutions for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), will have a presence at the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head Neck Surgery (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting and OTO Experience 2018. The AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience 2018, which will take place from October 7 – 10, 2018, in Atlanta, GA, is an education and networking event for the otolaryngologist-head and neck surgery community.

“We look forward to further demonstrating our commitment to physician education and awareness through our symposium at the annual AAO-HNS meeting,” says Tim Herbert, president and CEO, in a release. “This well-respected scientific venue provides us with a unique opportunity to share data from our ongoing research studies and highlight the clinically supported benefits of Inspire therapy with physicians from across the country.”

Inspire will host an educational symposium on Monday, October 8, entitled Inspire Leadership Forum: ENT Best Practices for Optimal Patient Outcomes. The symposium, led by Inspire implant ENT surgeons, will include an implant technique review, post-implant patient management best practices, key considerations for incorporating Inspire therapy into an ENT practice, and experiences from private practice and academic settings. Additionally, the symposium will feature the most current update from the 2,500-patient ADHERE registry, Inspire’s global patient registry, which tracks data on safety, effectiveness, weekly usage, overall compliance and satisfaction from patients who have been implanted with the Inspire system.

On Tuesday, October 9, Inspire will coordinate an implant training program, Inspire Implant Training: Accessing the Hypoglossal Nerve and Placing the Stimulation Lead, for ENT surgeons interested in bringing Inspire therapy to their hospital to treat sleep apnea patients. Surgeons with considerable Inspire therapy implant experience will lead the sessions, which will include user implantation of the Inspire stimulation lead on a human hypoglossal nerve.

Inspire therapy will also be included in multiple physician presentations, including those listed below. Additional poster presentations will highlight multiple independent clinical investigations of Inspire therapy currently being conducted in the United States and Europe.

Key Physician Presentations

Sunday, October 7

  1. Panel: “Clinical Practice of Selective Upper Airway Stimulation” Moderator: Dr. Clemens Heiser Panelists: Drs. Maurits Boon and Maria Suurna – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
  2. Scientific Oral Presentation: “Outcomes of Hypoglossal Nerve Upper Airway Stimulation in Patients with Isolated Retropalatal Collapse” Presenting: Drs. Ahmad Mahmoud and Erica Thaler – 9:30 AM – 9:35 AM
  3. Panel: “Pediatric OSA Update for 2018” Lead Presenter: Dr. Cristina Baldassari, Co-Presenter: Dr. Stacey Ishman – 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
  4. Rapid Poster Session: “Comparing Adherence and Epworth Sleepiness Scale of Positive Airway Pressure to Upper Airway Stimulation in Obstructive Sleep Apnea” Presenting: Dr. Janki Shah – 12:41 PM – 12:44 PM
  5. Rapid Poster Session: “Single Center Experience of 100 Patients with Selective Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation in Obstructive Sleep Apnea” Presenting: Dr. Clemens Heiser – 12:57 PM – 1:00 PM

 Monday, October 8

  1. Scientific Oral Presentation: “Preoperative Predictors of Response to Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation for OSA” Faculty: Drs. Douglas Trask, Roy Xiao, Alan Kominsky – 1:39 PM – 1:44 PM
  2. Scientific Oral Presentation: “Response to Upper Airway Stimulation in Older Adults with Moderate to Severe OSA” Faculty: Drs. Sean Evans, John Harwick, Eric Kezirian, Kurt Withrow – 1:45 PM – 1:50 PM
  3. Scientific Oral Presentation: “BMI is – but Age, Gender and Previous Palate or Hypopharyngeal Surgery are Not – Associated with Subsequent Efficacy of Cranial Nerve Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea” Faculty: Drs. Mau Boon, Jennifer Hsia, Colin Huntley, Ryan Soose, Erica Thaler, Eric Kezirian, Clemens Heiser – 1:51 PM – 1:56 PM

Tuesday, October 9

  1. Panel: “Selective Upper Airway Stimulation in Obstructive Sleep Apnea” Moderator: Dr. Clemens Heiser, Panelists: Drs. Benedikt Hofauer, Maria Suurna, Olivier Vanderveken – 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
  2. Panel: “What’s New in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Management in 2018: Part I and Part II” Moderator: Dr. Michael Friedman, Panelists: Drs. Hsin-Ching Lin, Stanley Yung-Chuan Lin, Ryan Soose, Ed Weaver, Kathleen Yaremchuk – 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM; 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
  3. Panel: “Innovations to Improve Outcomes for Pediatric Sleep Apnea” Moderator: Dr. Cristina Baldassari, Panelists: Drs. Norman Friedman, Christopher Hartnick, Stacey Ishman – 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
  4. Panel: “XII Stimulator Implant Surgery: Tips, Tricks, and What We’ve Learned to Make It Easier and Better” Moderator: Dr. Martin Hopp, Panelists: Drs. Maurits Boon, Mark D’Agostino, Maria Suurna – 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday, October 10

  1. Panel: “Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation Implantation in Children: Patient Selection, Surgical Techniques, Clinical Trials, and Outcomes” Moderator: Dr. Christopher Hartnick, Panelists: Drs. Gillian Diercks, Donald Keamy – 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
  2. Panel: “Alternatives to Upper Airway Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Part I and Part II” Moderator: Dr. Eric Kezirian, Panelists: Drs. Nicolaas De Vries, Olivier Vanderveken, Katherine Green, David Kent – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM