In 1999, Ryo became a quadriplegic because of a traffic accident with his motorbike. He remained in the hospital for 15 months tethered to a mechanical ventilator.
After 15 months in the hospital tethered to a mechanical ventilator, Ryo was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System at Fujita Health University. Five short months later, he was pacing 24 hours a day and was able to live at home with his mom.
Ryo says the pacer gives him the freedom to do the things he enjoys “like going shopping at the PC store and tailor shops. In addition, he has the mobility to practice his rehabilitation.
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.