Our Advanced Treatments Eliminate Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Supported by the latest surgical and non-invasive solutions, Winter Park Memorial Hospital helps patients return to normal sleep patterns and eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea.

It’s estimated more than 18 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).* Common symptoms include snoring, daytime sleepiness, irritability, or difficulty with focus or concentration. Some people with OSA are unable to use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) as a treatment option. Historically, there have been few alternatives to CPAP therapy — until now.

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Winter Park Memorial Hospital

200 North Lakemont Avenue

Winter Park, Florida 32792

Wint(407) 270 – 2504

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At Winter Park Memorial Hospital, we offer a variety of advanced treatment options for sufferers of OSA who cannot tolerate CPAP. By performing state-of-the-art and minimally invasive surgical procedures, our physicians are able to return patients to a normal sleep pattern and eliminate the fatigue and loud snoring that accompanies OSA.

Advanced Treatment Options

To be considered for Inspire therapy, patients are assessed during an in-office examination. Often this includes a sleep study to determine the severity and type of sleep apnea. The next step is an airway assessment, which includes a short sleep endoscopy procedure. Your doctor will examine your airway with an endoscope while you are under light sedation. After these assessments, your doctor will determine if Inspire therapy is right for you. Patients who qualify for Inspire therapy:

Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation

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  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Fatigue throughout the day

  • Increased or disruptive snoring

  • Long pauses in breathing

  • Restless sleep

  • Short-term memory loss

  • Throat weakness

  • Weight gain

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

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Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

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  • Being male — men are twice as likely to have OSA

  • Being overweight

  • Chronic nasal congestion

  • Diabetes

  • Family history

  • Genetics, including a narrowed airway

  • Heavy alcohol use

  • High blood pressure

  • Smoking

Michael’s Success Story

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43-year-old Michael Johnson suffered from sleep apnea for 20 years before he finally received a good night’s sleep. He had run out of options, and surgery seemed to be the only one left. Michael was fortunate to find Jeffrey Lehman MD, a Florida Hospital otolaryngologist, who performed the TORS procedure to cure his sleep apnea.

“The robot is able to make smaller movements allowing for more precision and is able to zoom in and out when needed,” said Dr. Lehman. “For the patients this means less swelling and pain leading to a faster recovery.”

Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) is an innovative, minimally invasive procedure that enables physicians to surgically remove obstructions blocking the airway using the da Vinci® Surgical System. With this minimally invasive procedure, surgeons are able to perform surgery through the mouth to remove obstructions blocking the patient’s airway in tongue base and/or throat. And surgeons are able to work farther back in the throat and do more precise removal of hard to reach tissues.

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*Source: American Sleep Apnea Association.

Inspire® Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy is a small, fully implanted system that senses breathing patterns and delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles. Airways remain open, allowing fresh air to flow freely to lungs during sleep. Using a small handheld Inspire remote, a patient turns therapy on before bed and off upon awakening. The patient has complete control with your personal remote — therapy can be paused and the level of stimulation can be adjusted at any time.

  • Have been diagnosed with OSA

  • Have either failed or not tolerated CPAP treatment

  • Have a body-mass index (BMI) of 32 or less

  • Do not have any other active implant devices such as a pacemaker

  • Do not have certain diseases or conditions that may disqualify them as candidates.

Inspire therapy is clinically proven to reduce sleep apnea and improve quality of life. Because Inspire is fully implanted, it works with your body’s natural anatomy and breathing processes without the use of a mask or oral appliance.

Treatment Benefits

To be considered for surgery, patients are assessed during an in-office examination. Often this includes a review of sleep study results and an evaluation by the otolaryngologist to identify what tissue obstruction is causing the sleep apnea. When the tongue base is found to be a cause of the obstruction, the patient is a candidate for TORS. Patients who qualify for the procedure have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and have either failed or not tolerated CPAP treatment.

Becoming a Candidate

Because this permanent surgical solution is performed through the mouth, patients experience much less discomfort and recovery time after surgery. In most cases, patients are released from the hospital within one-to-two days following the procedure — compared to longer stays with the traditional method of surgery.

Treatment Benefits

Following this procedure Johnson and his wife are much happier that he is able to sleep through the night without his breathing being interrupted. Now that he is sleeping properly again, his health has improved and he has lost 40 pounds and counting.

“This is the first time in 20 years I have felt like I slept,” said Johnson. “I feel like Dr. Lehman gave me back 10 years of my life.”

About Our Sleep Apnea Experts

At Winter Park Memorial Hospital, our experienced team of ear, nose and throat specialists is comprised of some of the nation’s most highly skilled, minimally invasive and transoral robotic surgeons. All of our physicians have achieved certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology and work collaboratively to provide superior care. Led by the Medical Director Henry Ho, MD, FACS, our medical team’s experience with thyroid, parathyroid, salivary gland, laryngeal, sino-nasal, temporal bone and advanced cutaneous tumors is unsurpassed in the area.

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Our Advanced Treatments Eliminate Obstructive Sleep Apnea



Supported by the latest surgical and non-invasive solutions, Winter Park Memorial Hospital helps patients return to normal sleep patterns and eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea.

It’s estimated more than 18 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).* Common symptoms include snoring, daytime sleepiness, irritability, or difficulty with focus or concentration. Some people with OSA are unable to use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) as a treatment option. Historically, there have been few alternatives to CPAP therapy — until now.

*Source: American Sleep Apnea Association.

Take Control of  Your Sleep Apnea

At Winter Park Memorial Hospital, we offer a variety of advanced treatment options for sufferers of OSA who cannot tolerate CPAP. By performing state-of-the-art and minimally invasive surgical procedures, our physicians are able to return patients to a normal sleep pattern and eliminate the fatigue and loud snoring that accompanies OSA.

Advanced Treatment Options

Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation

Become a Candidate

Treatment Benefits

To be considered for Inspire therapy, patients are assessed during an in-office examination. Often this includes a sleep study to determine the severity and type of sleep apnea. The next step is an airway assessment, which includes a short sleep endoscopy procedure. Your doctor will examine your airway with an endoscope while you are under light sedation. After these assessments, your doctor will determine if Inspire therapy is right for you. Patients who qualify for Inspire therapy:

Inspire therapy is clinically proven to reduce sleep apnea and improve quality of life. Because Inspire is fully implanted, it works with your body’s natural anatomy and breathing processes without the use of a mask or oral appliance.

Inspire® Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy is a small, fully implanted system that senses breathing patterns and delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles. Airways remain open, allowing fresh air to flow freely to lungs during sleep. Using a small handheld Inspire remote, a patient turns therapy on before bed and off upon awakening. The patient has complete control with your personal remote — therapy can be paused and the level of stimulation can be adjusted at any time.

  • Have been diagnosed with OSA

  • Have either failed or not tolerated CPAP treatment

  • Have a body-mass index (BMI) of 32 or less

  • Do not have any other active implant devices such as a pacemaker

  • Do not have certain diseases or conditions that may disqualify them as candidates.

Transoral Robotic Surgery

Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) is an innovative, minimally invasive procedure that enables physicians to surgically remove obstructions blocking the airway using the da Vinci® Surgical System. With this minimally invasive procedure, surgeons are able to perform surgery through the mouth to remove obstructions blocking the patient’s airway in tongue base and/or throat. And surgeons are able to work farther back in the throat and do more precise removal of hard to reach tissues.

Becoming a Candidate

Treatment Benefits

To be considered for surgery, patients are assessed during an in-office examination. Often this includes a review of sleep study results and an evaluation by the otolaryngologist to identify what tissue obstruction is causing the sleep apnea. When the tongue base is found to be a cause of the obstruction, the patient is a candidate for TORS. Patients who qualify for the procedure have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and have either failed or not tolerated CPAP treatment.

Because this permanent surgical solution is performed through the mouth, patients experience much less discomfort and recovery time after surgery. In most cases, patients are released from the hospital within one-to-two days following the procedure — compared to longer stays with the traditional method of surgery.

  • Being male — men are twice as likely to have OSA

  • Being overweight

  • Chronic nasal congestion

  • Diabetes

  • Family history

  • Genetics, including a narrowed airway

  • Heavy alcohol use

  • High blood pressure

  • Smoking

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Fatigue throughout the day

  • Increased or disruptive snoring

  • Long pauses in breathing

  • Restless sleep

  • Short-term memory loss

  • Throat weakness

  • Weight gain

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Michael’s Success Story

43-year-old Michael Johnson suffered from sleep apnea for 20 years before he finally received a good night’s sleep. He had run out of options, and surgery seemed to be the only one left. Michael was fortunate to find Jeffrey Lehman MD, a Florida Hospital otolaryngologist, who performed the TORS procedure to cure his sleep apnea.

“The robot is able to make smaller movements allowing for more precision and is able to zoom in and out when needed,” said Dr. Lehman. “For the patients this means less swelling and pain leading to a faster recovery.”

Following this procedure Johnson and his wife are much happier that he is able to sleep through the night without his breathing being interrupted. Now that he is sleeping properly again, his health has improved and he has lost 40 pounds and counting.

“This is the first time in 20 years I have felt like I slept,” said Johnson. “I feel like Dr. Lehman gave me back 10 years of my life.”

At Winter Park Memorial Hospital, our experienced team of ear, nose and throat specialists is comprised of some of the nation’s most highly skilled, minimally invasive and transoral robotic surgeons. All of our physicians have achieved certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology and work collaboratively to provide superior care. Led by the Medical Director Henry Ho, MD, FACS, our medical team’s experience with thyroid, parathyroid, salivary gland, laryngeal, sino-nasal, temporal bone and advanced cutaneous tumors is unsurpassed in the area.

About Our Sleep Apnea Experts

Winter Park Memorial Hospital

200 North Lakemont Avenue

Winter Park, Florida 32792

(407) 270 – 2504

Winter Park Memorial Hospital is a trusted member of one of America’s largest, not-for-profit health-care systems.

Copyright © 2015, Florida Hospital. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy

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