New device implanted to treat sleep apnea proven to be less invasive, doctors say

HOUSTON – Snoring, irritability, and morning headaches are symptoms of sleep apnea. They may seem benign, but without treatment, the condition can lead to several health complications, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and liver problems.

Plus, sleep apnea patients face a greater risk of suffering complications from COVID-19.

There is a device that can be surgically implanted to treat sleep apnea.

While a lot of people steered clear of the operation before, a new, less invasive way to implant the device is making it more attractive to patients.

Ibaldo Borrego from Magnolia said he hasn’t had much success with other ways to treat his sleep apnea and he knows it’s bad for his health and a concern for his wife.

“She feels I stop breathing, so she starts nudging me and stuff. But yea, she worries a lot,” Borrego said.

To permanently fix the problem, Borrego agreed to have the surgery at Baylor St. Luke’s in the Texas Medical Center Monday morning.

During the short surgery, surgeon Andrew Huang implants a device that controls the patient’s tongue.