At the ongoing American Academy of Pain Medicine annual meeting in San Antonio, St. Jude Medical unveiled the new Swift-Lock anchor for neurostimulation leads. The device was just approved by the FDA as an easier option of attaching anchors to leads of implantable neurostimulators.
From the announcement:
Designed to reduce anchoring time and enhance procedural efficiency, the Swift-Lock anchor eliminates the need for sutures or medical adhesive typically required to secure the anchor to the lead. Featuring an easy-to-use mechanical lock, physicians secure the anchor with a simple 90-degree twist. This design minimizes the complexity and variability associated with anchoring leads.
The Swift-Lock anchor features include:
Intuitive locking mechanism that provides tactile and visual confirmation that the lead is locked Strong fixation to the lead to help mitigate the risk of migration Highly radiopaque material to provide easy fluoroscopic visualization Simple twist lock mechanism allows for easy repositioning of the lead if needed