A first-of-its-kind system, according to St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, Minn, the Epiducer lead delivery system for neurostimulation therapy is used to lessen procedural complexities and to manage chronic pain. The system allows physicians to place multiple neurostimulation leads through a single entry point, including proprietary S-Series steerable paddle leads designed for minimally invasive placement.

“As pain physicians, if we can perform a simpler, less invasive procedure while delivering the same degree of effective care, the patient benefits,” said Peter Courtney, MBBS, FIPP of the Melbourne Pain Group in Melbourne, Australia. “The Epiducer system has allowed me to use lead combinations for my patients and capture pain patterns that would have required a much more complicated procedure.”


Prior to the Epiducer system, the placement of multiple percutaneous neurostimulation leads required several small incisions, according to sources at St. Jude. A paddle lead implant required a laminotomy, a more invasive surgical procedure that typically requires removal of part of the vertebral bone. Physicians often use more than one lead or combine different types of leads such as percutaneous and surgical paddle leads to manage complex pain such as low back pain.

The system is the latest addition to St. Jude Medical’s product line, which includes the Eon Mini spinal cord stimulator. “The Epiducer lead delivery system provides physicians more flexibility in the placement of neurostimulation leads for the management of chronic pain,” said Chris Chavez, president of the St. Jude Medical neuromodulation division.

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[Source: St. Jude Medical]