Anytime David went into a relaxed state his O2 levels would drop. This led to his diagnosis of Adult Onset Hypoventilation Syndrome. In October 2014, David was implanted by Dr Samuel Chesire at Stanford University medical center to allow him freedom from mechanical ventilation.
David lives in Pioneer, California overlooking the beautiful Sierra Mountains. He is retired and loves to keep active and be outdoors. He also loves photography and even was a video technician. David says he is “blessed to have the pacer” and his independence.
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.
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 radio frequency 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.