NorthShore performs first sleep apnea device implant
Oct 1, 2015 1:51 PM -
EVANSTON -- NorthShore University HealthSystem is the first health system in Illinois to implant a new, minimally invasive breathing device in a patient to help cure obstructive sleep apnea. The procedure -- recently approved by the FDA -- was completed Sept. 16 at NorthShore Evanston Hospital by Otolaryngologists Mihir Bhayani, M.D., and Jonathan Pomerantz, M.D. It involved implanting a pacemaker-like device in the patient's chest that senses the breathing cycle and stimulates a nerve in the tongue, helping keep the tongue down and the airway open. The procedure requires only three small incisions -- in the neck and chest.