Last year the FDA approved a sleep apnea implant. This consists of a 3 section device. Similar to a pacemaker, a small generator is implanted in the upper chest region. Incisions are made for the insertion and connection of the sensing lead, the stimulation lead, and the pulse generator. There is a remote controlled device you
use to turn on the implant prior to sleep.
It continuously monitors your breathing patterns while you sleep. Based on your unique breathing patterns, the system delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open.
This implant is still does not have enough data and will involve follow up procedures in the future. Such a surgery should be thought out and consulted with your doctor and is for patients that have to severe sleep apnea.