First adaptive stimulator implant in the state of Utah


Salt Lake Regional Offers an Implantable Neurostimulation System

by PR or News Wire

06 January 2012

Salt Lake Regional Medical Center is one of the first medical centers in Utah and in the United States to offer patients the first and only chronic pain treatment that leverages motion sensor technology found in many consumer electronics, such as smart phones and computer gaming systems, to provide effective pain relief and convenience to patients suffering from chronic back and/or leg pain. Steven Pulley, M.D., a member of the medical staff at Salt Lake Regional, is the first surgeon in Utah to implant in a patient the new Medtronic AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor neurostimulation system following its recent approval by the Food and Drug Administration.

Neurostimulation systems consist of an implantable medical device similar to a pacemaker that is used with a handheld patient programmer to interrupt pain signals from reaching the brain. The treatment has become a mainstay of chronic pain management. A person's change in body position and physical activity, however, can result in the wrong amount of stimulation, creating understimulation and overstimulation. AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor helps treat the symptoms of chronic back and/or leg pain by automatically recognizing and remembering the correlation between a change in body position and the level of stimulation needed, providing effective pain relief and convenience for most patients as it automatically adjusts stimulation as a patient continuously changes position. It also records and stores the frequency of posture changes, providing feedback to clinicians to help them understand how a patient's individual stimulation requirements are changing over time.

Laury Bullock received the AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor implant at Salt Lake Regional on Dec. 7. Bullock is a long-time Salt Lake City resident, former emergency medical technician and retired firefighter with the Salt Lake City Fire Department. He was forced to retire several years ago after experiencing increasingly severe chronic pain believed to be caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals and toxins he inhaled when responding with his rescue unit to a fire at a methamphetamine lab.

"We thought it was a kitchen fire and went to put it out. I couldn't breathe," Bullock said. "We didn't know what a meth lab was back then."

Bullock's partner that day later died from lung cancer, and Bullock experienced worsening chronic pain in his hands and feet. He now has extreme difficulty walking and has had to give up his dual loves of skiing and hiking. Bullock hopes that with the help of AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor he will be able to comfortably walk, ski, hike and play more with his four young grandchildren.

"The ability to offer many sufferers of chronic pain this more simple and convenient way to ease their pain is a tremendous breakthrough," said Dr. Pulley. "AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor uses innovative technology to offer comfort and convenience to the many patients who previously had to adjust neurostimulation system settings using a patient programmer. This new offering gives these chronic pain patients an important new option to help manage their pain symptoms and enable the return to their normal activities."

An estimated 116 million American adults "more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined" are affected by chronic pain, a debilitating and often disabling condition that can have a significant impact on day-to-day functioning. For some, chronic pain is so severe that it interferes with working, eating, participating in physical activity and enjoying life.

More information about AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor is available at www.adaptive-stimulation.com and www.tamethepain.com.

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