Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A New Kid on the Block
Suganya Karikalan1 and Salim Surani2*
1Karpaga Vinayaga Institute of Medical Science, India
2Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
*Corresponding Author: Salim Surani, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA.
March 10, 2022; Published: May 04, 2022
Around 29.5 million people in the United States over the age of 30 years suffer from mild to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) remains the mainstay of treatment of OSA. Despite being the gold standard treatment for many years, the compliance rate for the PAP devise remains low. Other modes of treatment such as the use of Mandibular Devices, surgery for relieving the obstruction, and weight reduction surgeries carry high morbidity and mortality. The new evolving Upper Airway Stimulation therapy – Hypoglossal Nerve stimulation opens new and alternate pathways of treatment approach to OSA. This opinion-minireview explores two new devices, the INSIGHT MEDICAL SYSTEMS DEVICE, and the eXciteOSA device.
Keywords: Positive Airway Pressure (PAP); Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA); Mortality
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