Mind-Blowing 'Inflatable' Spinal Cord Implant Could Make Chronic Pain Relief Widely Available
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June 28, 20213 min read, 671 words

Mind-Blowing 'Inflatable' Spinal Cord Implant Could Make Chronic Pain Relief Widely AvailableMind-Blowing 'Inflatable' Spinal Cord Implant Could Make Chronic Pain Relief Widely Available

Signe Dean
Published: June 28, 2021  |  3 min read, 671 words
Scientists have revealed a fascinating new design for an incredibly tiny, inflatable spinal cord implant, suited for treating severe chronic back pain that doesn't respond to medication. The inflatable electronic device is part of a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) setup, a type of ...
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Jun 28
Of course, I'm no expert about neuro-surgery, so I can't know how to evaluate, “Spinal cord stimulation is a treatment of last resort, for those whose pain has become so severe that it prevents them from carrying out everyday activities," says University of Cambridge clinical neuroscientist Damiano Barone. "An effective device that doesn't require invasive surgery could bring relief to so many people." I don't know how many “so many” people are, nor the extent of relief offered. The article, which heralds the possible treatment before being treated in live people, doesn't attempt to qualify those generalities, nor does it discuss any potential risks or shortcomings of the therapy. That's typical PR but methinks not ready for general consumption except as a very little gee whiz moment. There must be at least DOZENS of surgeons who will want to follow the progress of this treatment as it goes into test cases. Right now, the info is too scant to stand on its own for general readers
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Investigative
Jun 28
A great investigative look into a potential new pain relief option for those struggling with spinal cord injuries. The article presents as much on the topic as it can, since this experimental new surgery is still relatively untested and undocumented.
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