In 1989, a motor vehicle accident rendered Arlyne a C1-C2 quadriplegic
Arlyne found out about the Avery Diaphragm Pacer from Dr. Quioto and in 1993, she was implanted with the Avery system at Methodist Hospital by Dr. Michael Turner.
In her spare time Arlyne is very active in her church and she goes out with friends and family after church on Sundays.
Arlyne says, “I do more things that “normal” people do, and even go golfing and dancing. You have to make the most out of life. You can’t be boring.” She also says “The pacer changed my life tremendously, from being on the ventilator 24/7, and always worrying about power outages or running out of time on the battery life, it is fabulous. I can do more things now that I am not connected to a machine. It is more freeing and less worrisome of kinks in the hoses, or alarms going off. It is very liberating.”
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.
Quadriplegia, also known as tetrapalegia, is the loss of voluntary movement and sensation in all four extremities, and usually results from a cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). Other conditions, such as a brain stem lesion or spinal meningitis, may also result in quadriplegia. After the patient is neurologically and orthopedically stable and cannot be weaned from mechanical ventilation, a diaphragm pacing system should be considered.