Richmond, VA - HCA Virginia's John Randolph Medical Center is offering an approach that provides a solution for patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and are unable to tolerate their Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine.

The Inspire Therapy procedure is performed by Dr. Ryan Nord, Director of Sleep Medicine and Otolaryngologist at VCU Health, who practices at John Randolph Medical Center/Colonial Heights Surgery Center.

A Drug Induced Sleep Endoscopy or DISE procedure is used to identify if a patient qualifies for Inspire. If the patient is eligible for the treatment, a small device is inserted in an outpatient procedure. 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. While they are asleep, Inspire opens the patient's airway, allowing them to breathe normally and sleep peacefully.

"The Inspire procedure gives my patients back control of their sleep and allows them to feel refreshed and restored to live life to their highest potential," said Dr. Nord.

"For those patients who struggle with sleep apnea, every night brings the challenge of restlessness and lack of sleep, which has very real consequences to their overall health," said Joe Mazzo, FACHE, chief executive officer of John Randolph Medical Center. "Dr. Nord's Inspire procedures can make a huge difference in these patient's quality of life and their overall health."

Five-year STAR trial outcomes and more than 100 peer-reviewed publications show that patients using Inspire experience significant reductions in sleep apnea events and significant improvements in quality of life.

Dr. Nord has been a part of the John Randolph Medical Staff since 2016.