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

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

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 well-established therapy that delivers mild electric currents to a person's spinal cord via implanted electrodes. That current is sent by a small, implanted pulse generator device, and the whole thing reduces pain because the electrical pulses help to mask pain signals traveling to the brain via the spinal cord. If...

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