What's Up, Doc? is a semi-weekly health segment on WROK sponsored by MercyHealth. Each show we highlight a different doctor/healthcare professional to come on our show and talk to us about their specialty. It has turned into one of our favorite segments. All of our doctors have exhibited a "human" side that people don't always get to see with their physicians. We encourage you to check out some of our past episodes here. We've done about 40 of these segments highlighting everything from Lyme disease to hernia repair to finding a health care plan and everything else in between. We've learned a lot and hope you can too.

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Dr. Hohsin Khan was our guest on this week's episode of What's Up, Doc?  Dr. Khan is a sleep specialist with Mercyhealth in Rockford. This was Dr. Khan's second visit to the program and is was just, if not more, enjoyable than the first time he was on.

The last time we spoke with Dr. Khan, he was explaining how the sleep center works at Mercyhealth and how their number one way of treating snoring and sleep apnea was the very popular CPAP machine.

You know what that is. The mask you have to wear on your face while sleeping.

While they do work, there were problems with people not being able to comfortable enough to sleep while wearing it, or they just were not using it properly.

That's why Dr. Khan joined us today, to introduce a new method of curing sleep apnea that requires nothing more than a push of a button.

The Inspire Device is a pacemaker that is implanted on a nerve that controls the throat. When a closure is detected during the night, a small electrical pulse is emitted and the throat opens back up allowing the patient to breathe properly.

Here's a video on how it works.

Rockford is one of the few cities in the area that can handle the procedure from start to finish so if this sounds like something that can help you, you should reach out to the sleep center at Mercyhealth and schedule an appointment.

We thank Dr. Khan for his time today and look forward to our next guest on What's Up, Doc?

A new episode of What's Up, Doc? airs every other Thursday morning at 8:35 on 1440 WROK.

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