If you've been looking for another way to fight OSA and live in or near the Chicagoland area, check this out:[br>[br>ChicagoENT, An Advanced Center for Specialty Care, announced today the initiation of a new study featuring an innovative procedure to help sufferers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The first of its kind in North America, the study will examine the effectiveness of Hypoglossal Neurostimulation Sleep Therapy. Sufferers from OSA are encouraged to participate in the study free of charge.[br>[br>Hypoglossal Neurostimulation involves a tiny implant that is placed completely under the skin beneath the tongue — you'll never feel a thing when you're preparing for bed.[br>[br>"This is a very simple procedure," said Michael Friedman, MD, Medical Director of ChicagoENT. "It allows the tongue to maintain its 'awake' position at the front of the mouth while the patient is sleeping. After all, none of us snores while we're awake. So if we can keep the tongue at the front, we can reduce snoring and keep the airway open."[br>[br>For many patients suffering from OSA, the tongue collapses to the back of the throat during sleep, causing a harmful blockage of the airway which prevents the lungs from oxygenating every necessary part of the body. That can lead to many symptoms, such as restless sleep, daytime sleepiness, decreased interest in sex, weight gain, and many more. The implanted neurostimulator sends a signal to the brain, causing the tongue to return to the front of the mouth, without ever waking them up.[br>[br>The study is being conducted by Dr. Friedman at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center's Medical Office Center, 3000 N. Halsted, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60657. ChicagoENT is welcoming all sufferers from OSA who may be interested in trying this innovative new therapy to contact the research department to schedule a consult. If deemed a potential candidate, they will be administered the hypoglossal neurostimulator free of charge. [br>[br>Contact Jacob Kanter at jkanter [at> chicagoent [dot> com for more information.View Thread
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