In diaphragm pacing, doctors perform a minimally invasive procedure to implant four electrodes into your diaphragm muscle and a fifth electrode just below the skin near the other electrodes. Doctors then connect these electrodes to an external stimulator. The stimulator gives ongoing electrical stimulation to the electrodes, causing your diaphragm to contract and helping you to breathe.
After your procedure, you'll need diaphragm conditioning to help you adjust to diaphragm pacing and help your diaphragm function well. In diaphragm conditioning, you transition between using the ventilator and the diaphragm pacing system several times a day for many days to weeks.
Diaphragm pacing may: