07191018 is referenced by 186 patents and cites 74 patents.

Apparatus and techniques to address the problems associated with lead migration, patient movement or position, histological changes, neural plasticity or disease progression. Disclosed are techniques for implanting a lead having therapy delivery elements, such as electrodes or drug delivery ports, within a vertebral or cranial bone so as to maintain these elements in a fixed position relative to a desired treatment site. The therapy delivery elements may thereafter be adjusted in situ with a position control mechanism and/or a position controller to improve the desired treatment, such as_electrical stimulation and/or drug infusion to a precise target. The therapy delivery elements may be positioned laterally in any direction relative to the targeted treatment site or toward or away from the targeted treatment site. A control system maybe provided for open- or closed-loop feedback control of the position of the therapy delivery elements as well as other aspects of the treatment therapy.

Title
Techniques for positioning therapy delivery elements within a spinal cord or brain
Application Number
10/881239
Publication Number
7191018 (B2)
Application Date
June 30, 2004
Publication Date
March 13, 2007
Inventor
Warren Starkebaum
Plymouth
MN, US
Michael Schendel
Andover
MN, US
Mark T Rise
Monticello
MN, US
Daryle Petersen
Eagan
MN, US
Gary W King
Fridley
MN, US
Frans Gielen
Eckelrade
NL
Agent
Banner & Witcoff
Assignee
Medtronic
MN, US
IPC
A61N 1/04
A61N 1/05
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