‘Tongue pacemaker’ minimally invasive method to correct sleep apnea, FDA says

November 10, 2014 8:52 PM

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‘Tongue pacemaker’ minimally invasive method to correct sleep apnea, FDA says

A new procedure approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this summer can correct sleep apnea in patients who are averse to undergoing surgery.

The hypoglossal nerve stimulator, a device that measures about 4 by 4 inches, acts as a “pacemaker for the tongue,” is inserted below the clavicle, and has two wires— one connecting the chest musculature and the other to the back of the tongue. Every time the user tries to breathe, the sensory lead ...

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