SANDUSKY, OHIO Benjamin Murcek, DO, a NOMS otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon, has completed the first Inspire procedure at Firelands Regional Medical Center. Dr. Murcek was assisted by Dr. Paul Biedenbach, also of NOMS Healthcare, as well as Dr. Eric Freeman and Dr. Zach Geiger – both residents with Western Reserve. 

Inspire is an FDA-approved obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment option for people who cannot use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapyOSA affects 22 million Americans. When left untreated, OSA can cause vehicle and workplace accidents, worsening mood and memory, stroke, heart attack, and even death. It occurs when the airway collapses during sleep and blocks the flow of oxygen to the brain. The brain senses a lack of oxygen and wakes the body up just long enough to take a breath, then falls back asleep. This cycle repeats throughout the night  
and causes poor, disruptive sleep. 

How Does Inspire Work  

Inspire works inside the body with a patient’s natural breathing process to treat sleep apnea. Mild stimulation opens the airway during sleep, allowing oxygen to flow naturally. The patient uses a small handheld remote to turn Inspire on before bed and off when they wake up.   

The Inspire system is implanted during a short, outpatient procedure. The system is placed under the skin of the neck and chest through two small incisions. Most patients return home the same day and take over-the-counter pain medications to manage pain as needed.  

“We are excited to have completed the first Inspire procedure at Firelands Regional Medical Center.” said Dr. Murcek, “Inspire represents a significant advancement in treating sleep apnea. It is clinically proven to reduce sleep apnea events, has a high level of patient satisfaction and a high therapy adherence.” 


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