Medtronic Receives FDA Approval For Neurostimulator

25Mar06

Medtronic’s RestorePRIME Neurostimulation System was approved yesterday March 24 by the FDA for the treatment of chronic pain. More specifically, it is indicated in patients with intractable pain of the trunk or limbs, and works by blocking pain by sending electrical pulses to the spine.

“The RestorePRIME System is a significant advancement in the field of neurostimulation,” said Joshua Prager, pain specialist and director of the Center for Rehabilitation of Pain Syndromes at University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine.

The neurostimulator “allows physicians to customize the treatment to treat their patients’ chronic pain more accurately, potentially reducing the number of return visits and improving pain relief,” he said. [link]

The device is non-rechargeable and about the size of a stopwatch. Medtronic will begin launching it as soon as the end of March and into April, and it should be fully available by May. Patients can go to www.TameThePain.com for more information on the RestorePRIME.

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