How the Axium™ Neurostimulator System Works
The Axium™ Neurostimulator System delivers a form of neurostimulation called dorsal root ganglion (DRG) therapy. Dorsal root ganglia are structures along the spinal column that are densely populated with sensory nerves. These nerve clusters act like traffic lights, regulating signals and sensations as they travel to the brain. With DRG therapy, physicians can stimulate the specific DRG that is associated with the area of the body where pain occurs. Since stimulation of a DRG can actually modify the pain signals getting through, this therapy can result in the reduction of pain.
The Axium neurostimulator system consists of three components:
A small device that sends out mild electrical pulses, which contains a battery. This is implanted in your body.
Thin insulated wires that carry the electrical pulses from the generator to your dorsal root ganglia. These are placed in your body in the area of the DRG.
A handheld “remote control” that allows you to adjust the strength and location of stimulation or even turn stimulation off.
Try the system first
One of the benefits of the Axium neurostimulator system is that you can be fitted with a temporary device that works like an implanted system but can be removed. This allows you to determine its effectiveness for your pain prior to undergoing an implant.
Learn more about trying a neurostimulation system, receiving an implanted system and recovering after the procedure. Or request that a St. Jude Medical representative be in touch with you by contacting us.