Saint Peter’s University Hospital Offers Innovative Alternative for Lasting Relief from Obstructive Sleep Apnea

October 29, 2021

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Offers Innovative Alternative for Lasting Relief from Obstructive Sleep Apnea
New Brunswick, N.J. – October 29, 2021 – Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, has introduced Inspire sleep therapy for patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea – an innovative alternative to the traditional CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure therapy). Inspire is an FDA-approved implantable upper airway stimulation device that stabilizes a patient’s airway while they are sleeping to prevent obstruction. The device continuously monitors the patient’s breathing patterns and delivers mild stimulation to the airway muscles to keep the airway open during sleep.
More than 50 percent of patients who use CPAP stop using the device because of discomfort. Inspire sleep therapy can help to reduce or, in some cases, cure sleep apnea while allowing individuals to sleep more peacefully.
The Inspire sleep therapy procedure is performed by Kianoush Sheykholeslami, MD, PhD, FACS, chief of Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) and Head and Neck Surgery at Saint Peter’s while patients are under general anesthesia. The implant is placed under the skin of the neck and chest through two small incisions. This is an outpatient surgical procedure with the possibility of a one-night stay in the hospital. Patients are typically able to resume their daily routines one week after the procedure.
“I always say that sleep apnea is like water under the foundation of a house. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause several health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems,” said Dr. Shey. “I’ve performed the procedure on a patient with severe sleep apnea and since we implanted the device, the patient has experienced significant clinical improvements, including less snoring and weight loss.”
Richie, a 77-year-old patient, chose to get Inspire sleep therapy to treat his obstructive sleep apnea, which caused him to feel tired during the day. The surgery lasted three hours and he was able to go home the next night. After being fitted with the implant in July 2021, Richie feels more alert and can spend time with his five active grandchildren.
“With my grandkids, I’ll ride with them on the quad (four-wheel vehicle), play with them and read to them—and then we’ll fall asleep together on the recliner!” said Richie. “I had extreme confidence in Dr. Shey as a surgeon because he’s so knowledgeable and he cares about all of his patients. He explained to me exactly what the implant is, what it does and how it works. I’m very pleased with the results. If you’re a candidate for Inspire sleep therapy, I say go for it.”
To be eligible for Inspire sleep therapy, patients must have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, be unable to benefit from CPAP and must not be significantly obese. If someone meets these criteria, they can get tested at Saint Peter’s Center for Sleep and Breathing Disorders, which includes a sleep endoscopy, to determine final eligibility. To make an appointment with Saint Peter’s Center for Sleep and Breathing Disorders, please call 732.937.6055.
About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital offers a midwifery service and the brand-new state-of-the-art Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit or call 732.745.8600.

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