The Aitkin Independent Age shares a patient’s success story of trying out the recently FDA-approved Inspire Medical implant for sleep apnea.

Ivy Abersoll, Aitkin, was among a group of people accepted for a study in 2011.  She applied in December 2010 for a five-year study. There were three study groups – two in the Twin Cities and one in St. Cloud.

All the subjects had severe sleep apnea. While sleeping, Ivy was found to have quit breathing for more than a minute, then would take two or three breaths and quit breathing again for more than a minute.