The first percutaneously implantable paddle lead for spinal cord stimulation
Chronic pain affects billions of people worldwide, preventing them from leading a productive working and social life and incurring significant socioeconomic costs. As a pain relief technique, spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is used to block pain signals before they reach the brain through the delivery of electrical stimuli to the spinal cord by means of implantable leads. Currently, two types of leads are available: multi-column paddle and cylindrical. Paddle leads offer better treatment results but can only be inserted surgically. The team of the EU-funded PercPad project is developing a minimally invasive percutaneous SCS paddle lead (which can be implanted also by anaesthesiologists and pain specialists) and will undertake the necessary activities to introduce the device into the market.
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