St. Jude Medical is launching in Europe its Infinity Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System and directional DBS lead for treatment of Parkinson’s, tremor, and dystonia. The system was designed to allow for a more targeted approach that can lead to better results for patients. This is accomplished via eight electrodes on the directional lead, the activation of which can be programmed via an Apple iPad paired to the implanted stimulator. The physician can carefully craft the therapy to optimize treatment while reducing common side effects that result from stray electrical signals. Moreover, the stimulators are themselves upgradeable, allowing for new features to be added by simply uploading new software.
The implants are rechargeable, and come in two sizes to better fit individual patients. Patients are also able to connect to the implant via an Apple device to control some of the settings of the system.
“The Infinity system is the first DBS system I’ve encountered that adjusts to the patient’s individual needs, rather than forcing the patient to adjust to the system,” said Prof. Vesper, the first doctor to implant the Infinity. “Offering my patients a DBS system with exceptional ease of use and smooth manageability is an exciting step in the treatment of debilitating movement disorders.”
The original European CE Mark approval was issued in September of last year.
Via: St. Jude Medical…