What is the difference between traditional neurostimulation and BurstDR™ stimulation?
With traditional neurostimulation, a small device is used to interrupt pain signals before they reach the brain. The painful feeling is replaced with a different feeling, which some describe as a tingling or massaging sensation.
BurstDR™ stimulation works similarly. However, BurstDR™ stimulation was designed to manage pain more naturally. It works by mimicking natural patterns found in the brain—modifying pain signals and changing the way your body perceives pain.1 Most patients do not feel any sensation with BurstDR stimulation.2,3 St. Jude Medical offers both therapies—giving you a greater chance at success.
Can I get magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans with this device?
The Proclaim™ Elite IPG is MR Conditional for full-body scans. To determine if you are eligible for an MR Conditional scan within approved parameters,2 consult with your physician.
Learn more about MRI scans and electromagnetic interference (EMI).
Is it safe to pass through metal detectors?
Certain metal detectors and anti-theft devices may affect stimulation. Before you go through these kinds of devices, show your device ID card to security personnel and ask how best to proceed. If you must go through a metal detector or anti-theft device, turn off your neurostimulator and proceed with caution, moving quickly through the device. Once passing through the detector or device, be sure to check the status of your IPG.
Learn more about electromagnetic interference (EMI).
Can the Proclaim™ Elite Recharge-free SCS system help me with pain in multiple areas?
Your doctor may place more than one lead (thin wires that deliver electrical pulses) in areas along your spine that correspond to areas where you may feel pain. Consult with your doctor about the specific areas where you feel pain.
Will the Proclaim™ Elite Recharge-free SCS system allow me to reduce my pain medications?
Every patient responds differently to neurostimulation. Many patients are able to decrease the amount of pain medications they take. Other patients are able to change the type of medication they take.
How long will the Proclaim™ Recharge-free Elite SCS system last?
This system contains a battery that does not need to be recharged. How long a recharge-free system lasts depends on its settings and how often it is used. The benefit of a recharge-free system is that it requires little effort to maintain. Learn more about the system’s battery and getting a replacement system.
Will the implanted device be visible?
It depends on your body shape and size and where the implanted device is located. For many patients, it is not visible. However, some patients can see the outline of the device and feel it just beneath the skin.
What are the risks?
Talk to your doctor about complications related to the implant procedure and/or device, which include:
- Undesirable changes in stimulation
- The loss of strength or use in an affected limb or muscle group (e.g., paralysis)
See more risks.
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