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A paddle-type electrode or electrode array is implantable like a percutaneously inserted lead, i.e., without requiring major surgery. Once implanted, the electrode array provides a platform for many electrode configurations. In a preferred embodiment, the electrode array is provided on a flexible, foldable or compressible, subcarrier or substrate. Such subcarrier or substrate folds or compresses during implantation, thereby facilitating its insertion using an insertion needle. Once implanted, such subcarrier or substrate expands, thereby placing the electrodes in a desired spaced-apart positional relationship, and thus achieving a desired electrode array configuration. The insertion needle has a lumen with a non-circular cross-sectional shape, e.g., having a width greater than its height, to facilitate sliding the folded or compressed paddle-type electrode array therein.

Title
Implantable, expandable, multicontact electrodes and insertion needle for use therewith
Application Number
9/778267
Publication Number
6415187 (B1)
Application Date
February 7, 2001
Publication Date
July 2, 2002
Inventor
Carla M Mann
Los Angeles
CA, US
Janusz A Kuzma
Englewood
CO, US
Agent
Bryant R Gold
US
Assignee
Advanced Bionics Corporation
CA, US
IPC
A61N 1/05
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