Marissa, a twenty-seven-year-old nursing student, has been pacing since 2007. She was diagnosed with CCHS at three weeks old. She had a trach and was mechanically ventilated at night while asleep until she was paced at age 18.
During a sleep study conducted in late 2015, it was discovered she was suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea with elevated CO2 levels. Dr. Dozor requested for the Avery team to internally adjust the breath settings accordingly. With settings that reflected a longer breath, her CO2 numbers returned to normal and her snoring greatly improved.
Since having the pacemaker implanted Marissa has been able to travel the world with her friends and family.She has had the opportunity to travel to places such as Europe, Israel, Mexico and Canada.
“Since I’ve gotten the Pacer, I’ve traveled around the world, moved out of my parent’s home, and became an independent woman who happens to be battery-operated.” Marissa says about how the Pacer changed her life.
The Avery Diaphragm Pacing System is an implanted phrenic nerve or diaphragm stimulator. It consists of surgically implanted electrodes and receivers with an external transmitter and antennas.
It can be implanted either cervically or thoracically using minimally-invasive techniques such as video-assisted (VATS) or thoracoscopic approaches.
The Avery Diaphragm Pacing System is the only diaphragm pacing system to have full premarket approval (PMA) from the US FDA and CE Marking privileges under the European Active Implantable Medical Device Directive for adult and pediatric use.
In addition, using small implanted radiofrequency receivers rather than electrode wires that pass directly through the skin may decrease a patient’s risk of infection and ongoing wound care management issues.
Avery has been commercially distributing diaphragm pacing systems since the early 1970’s. Since then, more than 2,000 patients have been implanted in over 40 countries establishing an unsurpassed record of safety and reliability. Due to their high reliability and cost effectiveness, the Avery pacers are reimbursed by Medicare and most private and government insurance around the world.