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Eon Neurostimulation Lasts 10 Years

St. Jude Medical's Eon device for spinal chord stimulation therapy has been upgraded to provide ten years of service after implantation. With regular recharges, it can provide therapeutic zaps every day. In fact, at high stimulation parameters, a 10-year-old Eon device will maintain at least 24 hours of continuous therapy between recharges.


(Eon Promises Longer Lasting Neurostimulation)

For patients, this means the Eon device can provide sustainable therapy and maintain a reasonable recharge interval for 10 years, potentially resulting in fewer battery replacement surgeries.

"We continually strive to develop best-in-class products that enhance patients' quality of life," said Chris Chavez, president of St. Jude Medical's ANS Division. "The addition of battery life-extending technology, which enables the 10-year battery capability, is a prime example of our commitment to making a good product even better."

I'm constantly looking for something that will really recharge me and get me going at high speeds. Alfred Bester, in his award-winning 1956 novel The Stars My Desination, envisioned an operation that would augment the nervous system of a man to improve performance. The operation

...had transformed him into an extraordinary fighting machine. Every nerve plexus had been rewired, microscopic transistors and transformers had been buried in muscle and bone, a minute platinum outlet showed at the base of his spine. To this Foyle affixed a power pack the size of a pea and switched it on. His body began an internal electronic vibration that was almost mechanical...
(Read more about the internal body power pack)

Via MedGadget.

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