Breathing pacemakers are indicated for patients with diaphragm paralysis who would otherwise be completely or partially dependent on mechanical ventilation so long as the phrenic nerve(s) and diaphragm(s) are intact. Patients with diseases in which the phrenic nerves have completely demyelinated, such as advanced ALS, or the diaphragm muscle is irreversibly atrophied,such as muscular dystrophy, are not candidates for diaphragm pacing.
Richard exploring the world with his Avery system Richard was implanted with the Avery system by Dr. Keith Mortman at the George Washington University Hospital in August of 2018. Prior to being implanted with Avery’s Diaphragm Pacing System, his diaphragm paralysis was hindering his quality of life. Richard stated that he used to [...]