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Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator Implantation Treats Obstructive Sleep Apnea
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Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator Implantation Treats Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Show: (May 2, 2022)

hypoglossal-nerve-stimulator-implantation-treats-obstructive-sleep-apneaKirk Withrow, MD, director of Salivary and Sleep Surgery in the UAB Department of Otolaryngology, discusses a new solution for patients who do not tolerate CPAP therapy: hypoglossal nerve stimulator implantation. A CPAP machine is the first-line treatment for obstructive sleep apnea because it works when patients use it consistently—and many either cannot or do not. Hypoglossal nerve stimulation represents a new approach, adding muscle tone to the upper airway to ensure airflow. Dr. Withrow was the first surgeon in Alabama to implant a hypoglossal nerve stimulator in 2016, and he discusses the positive outcomes of the 300 implants he has placed since. As he explains in detail, the device simplifies patient adherence after being placed in a low-morbidity outpatient procedure. Find out what makes a patient a good candidate.

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