How long does inspire surgery last?

Answered by Edward Huber

The duration of Inspire surgery, also known as the implantation of the Inspire system, can vary but typically takes about 2-3 hours. This procedure is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. As an outpatient procedure, patients are usually able to go home on the same day.

During the surgery, three small incisions are made. These incisions are used to insert the two leads and the pulse generator, which are key components of the Inspire system. The leads are thin wires that are carefully placed in specific areas of the body to stimulate the nerves and muscles involved in breathing. The pulse generator, on the other hand, is a small device that is implanted under the skin, usually in the upper chest area.

The surgeon will begin by making the necessary incisions and then proceed to carefully place the leads in the targeted areas. This step requires precision and expertise to ensure optimal positioning and functionality. Once the leads are in place, the pulse generator is connected to the leads and carefully implanted under the skin. The incisions are then closed, typically with dissolvable sutures or surgical tape.

Throughout the surgery, the patient is under general anesthesia, which means they are completely unconscious and unaware of the procedure. This ensures their comfort and safety during the surgery. After the surgery is completed, the patient is taken to a recovery area where they will gradually wake up from the anesthesia.

It is important to note that the duration of the surgery may vary depending on individual factors, such as the patient’s anatomy and any potential complications encountered during the procedure. The surgeon will be able to provide a more accurate estimate of the expected duration based on the patient’s specific case.

The Inspire surgery is a relatively short procedure that typically lasts about 2-3 hours. However, it is important to consider the pre-surgical preparations, recovery time, and any post-operative care that may be required for a comprehensive understanding of the entire process.