The otolaryngology sleep team recently completed its 100th Inspire implant for obstructive sleep apnea patients.


Summary: The WVU Medicine otolaryngology sleep team has completed its 100th Inspire implant procedure for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The program, started in 2017, has expanded under the leadership of Hassan Ramadan, MD, and his team, who emphasize the procedure’s minimally invasive nature and quick recovery, improving patients’ quality of life.

Key Takeaways: 

  • The WVU Medicine Otolaryngology Sleep team has successfully completed its 100th Inspire implant procedure for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  • The Inspire device, which stimulates the hypoglossal nerve to keep airways open, offers a successful alternative to traditional CPAP therapy.
  • Since its inception in 2017 under Dr. Hassan Ramadan’s leadership, the program has grown, emphasizing the minimally invasive nature and quick recovery of the procedure, significantly improving patients’ quality of life.

The WVU Medicine otolaryngology sleep team successfully completed its 100th Inspire implant procedure for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). 

The implanted device gently stimulates the hypoglossal nerve, which controls the tongue muscles, keeping the airway open and preventing sleep apnea episodes.

“We are thrilled to reach this 100th procedure milestone,” says Hassan Ramadan, MD, chair of the WVU Medicine department of otolaryngology, in a release. “The Inspire implant has been a game-changer for many of our patients who have struggled with CPAP therapy or other traditional treatments for OSA. This minimally invasive procedure allows them to experience a better night’s sleep and a significant improvement in their quality of life.”

For patients who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy, Inspire offers an alternative. The procedure is typically outpatient and minimally invasive, with patients experiencing a quick recovery and returning to normal activities within a short period, according to a release from WVU Medicine.

Program Success

“The success of our Inspire program is a testament to the expertise and dedication of our entire otolaryngology sleep team,” says Ramadan in a release. “We are committed to providing our patients with the most advanced and effective treatments available for sleep apnea.”

The WVU Medicine program started in 2017 with the first implant placement performed by Steven Coutras, MD. Since that time, WVU Medicine otolaryngologist Chadi Makary, MD, received the Inspire Physician Excellence Award, and Monika Freiser, MD, started a satellite program at the Louis Johnson VA Hospital in Clarksburg, where she has performed several implants on West Virginian veterans.

Photo caption: Members of the WVU Medicine otolaryngology team celebrate the 100th case on May 9.

Photo credit: WVU Medicine