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An implantable stimulator(s), small enough to be located near or within an area of the spine responsible for sensations in a region experiencing chronic pain uses a power source/storage device, such as a rechargeable battery. Periodic recharging of such a power source/storage device is accomplished, for example, by inductive coupling with an external appliance. The small stimulator provides a means of stimulating a nerve(s) or other tissue when desired, without the need for external appliances during the stimulation session. When necessary, external appliances are used for the transmission of data to and/or from the stimulator(s) and for the transmission of power, it necessary. In a preferred embodiment, the system is capable of open- and closed-loop operation. In closed-loop operation, at least one implant includes at least one sensor, and the sensed condition is used to adjust stimulation parameters.

Title
Fully implantable microstimulator for spinal cord stimulation as a therapy for chronic pain
Application Number
9/929597
Publication Number
6871099 (B1)
Application Date
August 13, 2001
Publication Date
March 22, 2005
Inventor
Janusz A Kuzma
Englewood
CO, US
Carla M Mann
Los Angeles
CA, US
James P McGivern
Stevenson Ranch
CA, US
Todd K Whitehurst
Sherman Oaks
CA, US
Agent
Bryant R Gold
Laura Haburay Bishop
Assignee
Advanced Bionics Corporation
CA, US
IPC
A61N 001/18
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