Victor was born in January 1998. Victor is diagnosed with Central Apnea.
Victor was implanted on September 1st 2015. He was implanted in Brazil by Dr. Rodrigo Sardenberg.
Victor and his family were watching a news program when they found out about the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker. The segment was on a child that was going to be implanted with the device. They then called their physician and learned how to start the process of receiving the pacer.
The pacer has changed Victor’s life in many ways. He used to have severe restrictions when being mobile. The pacer gave him a “sense of freedom that he never experienced before”.
With the pacer Victor has the chance to do more of what he likes to do while having his independence. He likes watching television and taking car rides with family.
The Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker 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 Pacemaker 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 the risk of infection and ongoing wound care management issues.
Avery has been commercially distributing Diaphragm Pacemakers since the early 1970’s. Since then, more than 2,000 people 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.
To learn more about the benefits of the Avery pacers for those with a high spinal cord injury, central sleep apnea or diaphragm paralysis, please contact us by mail, phone or through our website.
Central Sleep Apnea
The phrenic nerves originate at C3 through C5 and are the neurological pathways between the brain and each hemidiaphragm. Unlike a spinal cord injury which can damage these pathways, central sleep apnea is a condition in which the brain does not utilize these pathways consistently, if at all. Once a sleep study confirms that the patient's apneic events are of central origin, a diaphragm pacing system should be considered.