Inspire Therapy

Inspire Therapy

Alvarado Hospital is the first in San Diego certified to offer Inspire Therapy. Inspire Therapy is a new, clinically proven treatment option, approved by the FDA, for people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Our doctors and staff are equipped to counsel and help you determine if you would be a good candidate for this treatment option. Alvarado is the first hospital in San Diego to offer Inspire therapy.

Inspire Therapy is specifically designed for people with moderate to severe OSA who are unable to use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Among its many advantages, Inspire Therapy is fully implanted, does not require a mask or oral appliance, works with your body's natural anatomy, and is simple and easy to use.

About Inspire Therapy

Inspire therapy is a promising, new, clinically proven treatment option approved by the FDA:

  • inspire therapyClinically proven to reduce sleep apnea events and improve quality of life and daytime functioning
  • Fully implanted, it does not require a mask or oral appliance
  • Designed to work with your body's natural anatomy and breathing processes
  • Simple and easy to use

While CPAP and oral appliances work from "the outside in" during sleep to prevent your tongue and other soft tissues from relaxing and obstructing your airway, Inspire Therapy works from "the inside out."

Inspire therapy is a small, fully implanted system that continuously monitors your breathing patterns during sleep. Based on your unique breathing patterns, the system delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open.

The Inspire system consists of three, fully implanted components: a small generator, breathing sensor lead, and stimulation lead, all controlled by the small, handheld Inspire sleep remote.

"We believe that this therapy represents a major advance in sleep apnea treatment, especially for vulnerable patients who cannot achieve benefit from CPAP," said Dr. Brian Weeks, the first San Diego physician trained to offer this procedure and the only physician offering it currently. "Untreated moderate-to-severe OSA places patients at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, accidents and death. Inspire therapy provides us with an effective new treatment to use in a select group of our CPAP-intolerant patient population.

VIDEO LINK: What is Inspire Therapy?


Physician Referral

To find a physician qualified to perform the Inspire outpatient procedure, click here or call us at (800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723).