A remedē® PATIENT SINCE 2019, RAY DESCRIBES HIS EXPERIENCE WITH CENTRAL SLEEP APNEA AND HOW HIS LIFE HAS CHANGED AS A RESULT OF SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT.
Seamus J., Respicardia: Thanks for joining us, Mr. Bender. Before we get started talking about your experience with Central Sleep Apnea, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
Ray Bender, remedē patient: Sure. To start off, I am married and have two daughters and four grandkids – three of them are girls. I’m 75 and I have had three careers. I spent 36 years in the Army, though not all of them in active duty. I was a helicopter pilot and did two tours in Vietnam. When I finished active duty, I went to work in sales for Xerox and IBM. Then I got a PhD in management and began doing executive education. I wrote two books with my wife, Peg, about corporate culture. I also taught MBA students at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. I did that for about six years.
Living with central sleep apnea
Exploring treatment options for central sleep apnea
Ray: Peg had worked most of her life in healthcare as a consultant, and so she was always doing research.
She found out about the remedē device for Central Sleep Apnea. A lot of people don’t know about [CSA]…
that it’s a different type of sleep problem. When Peg found out about this, she got us an appointment
with Dr. Grbach at USC. [Dr. Grbach is a sleep specialist with experience treating patients with the remedē
System at the Keck Hospital of USC].
When we saw Dr. Grbach, he told me I was having 53 breathing stoppages per hour and clarified that I
had central sleep apnea (not obstructive). They recommended the remedē therapy and we scheduled the
surgery with Dr. Doshi, the electrophysiologist, to do the implant.
Getting the remedē System for central sleep apnea
Seamus: Did you have any reservations about getting the therapy?
Ray: I really didn’t, because by that time I’d had three pacemakers. The first one was your basic pacemaker. The next one they put in was a bi-ventricular device because they needed to pace more of my heart. Then they went back several years ago and put in one with a defibrillator. If I hadn’t had a pacemaker and done some thorough research, I might have been concerned about the procedure. But I watched the remedē video and talked to my electrophysiologist… and so like I said, no major reservations.
Seamus: How was the healing process after the procedure?
Ray: I’m trying to remember. I think they said not to lift weights or play golf for four to six weeks. It wasn’t very painful. I healed fairly quickly – minimal pain.
Seamus: Did you have to get a lot of adjustments to customize the therapy to your breathing?
Ray: After activating the device, I think I’ve been back there two more times to have them adjust it. Each time I describe to them what I’m feeling. They’ve used that information to get it adjusted really well. Before the adjustments, I would sometimes feel a stronger jolt when lying in certain positions, but they were able to adjust the settings to make it feel very natural.
Living (and sleeping) with treated central sleep apnea
Seamus: Now that you’ve had remedē for a while, how are you sleeping and feeling?
Ray:The most noticeable for me is that I rarely fall asleep during the day like I used to. That was an amazing difference. Like I said, I used to fall asleep when reading the paper or watching TV shows at night. Peg used to say I seemed like I was “vanishing”. She says I’m more awake and more present now. She used to worry that she would wake up and I wouldn’t be breathing any more – this device has really put her mind at rest.
My golfing friend says I’ve become a better golfer, so he says he wants one too!
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Important safety information
The remedē® System is indicated for moderate to severe Central Sleep Apnea in adult patients.
Your doctor will need to evaluate your condition to determine if the remedē system is right for you. You will not be able to have an MRI or diathermy (special heat therapies) if you have the remedē system implanted. The remedē® System may be used if you have another stimulation device such as a heart pacemaker or defibrillator; special testing will be needed to ensure the devices are not interacting.
As with any surgically implanted device, there are risks related to the surgical procedure itself which may include, but are not limited to, pain, swelling, and infection.
Once the therapy is turned on, some patients may experience discomfort from stimulation and/or from the presence of the device. The majority of these events are resolved either on their own or by adjusting the therapy settings. The remedē® System may not work for everyone. There are additional risks associated with removing your system. If you and your doctor decide to remove the system, another surgery will be required.
Be sure to talk with your doctor so that you thoroughly understand all of the risks and benefits associated with the implantation of the remedē® System.
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