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Upper respiratory stimulation therapy

The routine clinical care of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an integral part of the stimulation of the upper airways. The first attempts to electrically stimulate the upper airway were made as early as the mid / late 1980s. This should prevent the collapse of the throat at night.

In 1996, an OSA patient was treated with such a system for the first time by Prof. van de Heyning in Antwerp (Belgium). Even back then it could be shown that breathing interruptions at night can be prevented with the help of light electrical impulses. The system at that time was further developed and different companies from the medical device industry are now concerned with this new therapeutic approach. Since 2012 there has been a medical device that is approved for patient care in Europe, the Inspire System.

New stimulation systems

A number of new innovative stimulation systems with different approaches are currently in clinical trials and appear to be able to further enrich the treatment options of the OSA in the future. Examples include the Genio system from Nyxoah or the ImThera system from Livanova.

As researchers at the Institute of Sleep Medicine, we have been involved in basic research, as well as the establishment and implementation of clinical studies, right from the start. If you would like to work with us in this regard or if you would like more detailed advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.