Second US Hospital Offers Neurostim Device to Treat OSA


WellStar Paulding Hospital is the first hospital in Georgia, and became the second in the U.S. to offer a new procedure to address sleep apnea. As part of WellStar Health System, Paulding Hospital will offer “Inspire Therapy” for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea in patients who are unable to use traditional treatments such as CPAP.


Inspire Therapy is a fully implanted neurostimulation device, much like a cardiac pacemaker. When activated, Inspire Therapy senses breathing patterns and delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open during sleep.


“WellStar is breaking new ground with innovative treatments for sleep apnea,” said Patrick Melder, MD, co-medical director, WellStar Sleep Program. ”This new treatment provides more options for patients who struggle with traditional treatments.  In contrast to other surgical options to treat sleep apnea, Inspire Therapy does not require removal or permanent alteration of facial or airway anatomy. As such, the procedure is less invasive, less painful and results in a quicker recovery.”


WellStar Health System is the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia and serves a population of more than 1.4 million residents in five counties.


Source: Wellstar Health

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