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Brain & Spine Center: Neurostimulator

AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor

The Orthwein Brain & Spine Center at St. Luke's Hospital is proud to offer patients with chronic back or leg pain AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor. This new device uses motion sensor technology to reduce pain and improve their overall quality of life.

What is the device? AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor is similar to a pacemaker. It's called a "neurostimulation system" or a neurostimulator. It's implanted outside the spinal cord to block pain signals from reaching the brain. This device is the first chronic pain management system to use motion sensor technology found in other devices such as smart phones and computer gaming systems.

How does the AdaptiveStim work? The pacemaker-like neurostimulator has sensors secured along the outside of the spine which send out gentle electrical currents to block pain signals.

With the help of motion sensor technology, the device automatically recognizes and remembers changes in body position and the level of stimulation needed for pain relief.

What makes this device different from other neurostimulators?/Why is this so important?

The downside of traditional neurostimulators is that they require patients to manually adjust the level of stimulation with a handheld programmer every time they change their position. If not, they'll receive too much or too little stimulation.

AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor automatically adjusts stimulation as a patient changes their position, providing effective and convenient pain relief and allowing them to return to their normal activities. It greatly improves their quality of life.

Who is a candidate? Anyone with chronic back or leg pain is candidate for a trial to see if this device would be beneficial. It is especially helpful for people in which surgery isn't able to relieve their pain and when long-term use of pain medications is not desired. It's best to talk with a physician to determine if it's right for you.

How is it implanted? The tiny, pacemaker-like device is implanted in a patient's back though a small incision. During the procedure, thin wires containing electrodes are secured along the outside of the spine. The electrodes emit charges to change sharp pains to tingling sensations.

Typically, patients will be back on their feet in about two days and back to normal activities in six to eight weeks.

How often does the battery need to be changed? The implanted battery has to be changed once every four to seven years.

How much does it cost? It is typically covered by insurance, so it's best to check with your provider.

For more information about the AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor at The Orthwein Brain & Spine Center at St. Luke's Hospital, please call 314-878-2888.

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