New Neuro Stimulation device for OSA
A San Diego company ImThera is currently testing a new Neuro Stimulation device the company is researching the product in Belgium. If successful there will be a new implantable device as a solution for OSA patients.
“Targeted Hypoglossal Neurostimulation (THN) Sleep Therapy utilizes a small electrical device to achieve increased upper airway flow. This device includes a small electrode that is implanted under the skin near the lower jaw and attached to the Hypoglossal Nerve (12th cranial nerve) connected to a pulse generator implanted near the surface of the upper chest. THN Sleep Therapy controls the movement of the tongue muscles such that the tongue is not allowed to fall back and block the airway during sleep. A doctor implants and programs the device to produce short bursts of electrical pulses that are delivered to the nerve.”
ImThera a privatley funded startup has developed an implant that sits next to the touge to provide enough stimulation to maintain tone in parts of the tougue during sleep to keep it out of the airway. The battery and control pack is implanted in the neck and upper chest with the stimulator placed against specific nerves in the tongue.
This device is not available for sale in the USA however indications for use include:
– tongue based OSA
– AHI greater than 15
– must be a surgical candidate
– Patient must have refused or be contraindicated for CPAP
Surgery takes between 30-45 minutes
More info can be found below