NEW YORK: If you’re tired of your partner snoring, a very tiny implantable device may be exactly what you need.
This new gadget — currently under development in England — is the size of a matchbox and implanted in the patient’s chest. The device is dubbed the Apnex System.
This device works by stimulating the muscles that are responsible for keeping the airway open and unrestricted during sleep. The device turns itself on at bedtime and then switches off upon wakening.
Clinical trials are currently underway in the US and England, and the device could be available as early as 2013.
Despite the fact that previous attempts at developing a similar device have been unsuccessful, Professor John Stradling, a pulmonologist at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, has stated that the science behind the device is “entirely plausible.”
“They worked to some extent. But there were reports that patients could feel the device during the night, which kept them awake. And in some early models, the wires broke. It also involves surgery. I think this device might suit a few people, but it is a long way from becoming standard treatment.”