The morning surgery was performed at St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital.
Patient Joseph Getz, age 62 of Nazareth, PA, received the Specify® SureScan® MRI surgical leads during an operation to implant Medtronic’s Restore® spinal cord stimulation system for the treatment of chronic pain. Approved just earlier this month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the Specify® SureScan® MRI surgical leads will now allow physicians to offer full-body magnetic resonance imaging for any patient with a Medtronic neurostimulator.
Steven Falowski, MD
According to Medtronic, “Studies show that 82 percent of patients implanted with a spinal cord stimulator are expected to need an MRI within five years of receiving their implant and Medtronic SureScan MRI neurostimulation systems offer patients the confidence of knowing that they can receive optimal diagnostic imaging anywhere in the body should the need arise. MRI scans have become a diagnostic standard of care, allowing physicians to detect a wide range of health conditions by viewing highly details images of internal organs, blood vessels, muscles, joints, tumors, areas of infection and other areas of the body by using strong magnetic fields and radio frequency pulses to create images of structures inside the body.”
Prior to today’s surgery to receive a Medtronic neurostimulation system, Getz, who suffers from scoliosis, arthritis and spinal stenosis, sought relief for his chronic back and leg pain through a variety of approaches including physical therapy, pain medicine and spinal injections at St. Luke’s Spine Institute and St. Luke’s Pain Center. A successful, short-term external “trial” spinal cord stimulator confirmed that Getz would be an appropriate patient to receive a permanent spinal cord stimulator, a medical device implanted on the spine that blocks pain and improves function for patients by sending mild electrical pulses to the painful area in order to disrupt pain signals traveling between the spinal cord and the brain. Getz, who worked for many years in the manufacturing industry and who is now employed as an inventory supply clerk at St. Luke’s University Hospital, Bethlehem, says his pain has worsened in the last year and has been aggravated by physical work he has done on a bathroom remodeling project at home. Given the significant relief he received with the five-day trial stimulation Getz is eager to move forward with the permanent implant.
“Mr. Getz has a history of health concerns unrelated to his back problems requiring follow up imaging with MRI and expressed concern about the ability to obtain this imaging modality with his new device,” notes Dr. Falowski. “Having this technology available to him allows him to obtain the significant benefits of pain relief without limiting his need for follow up imaging.”
About St. Luke’s University Health NetworkSt. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a non-profit, regional, fully integrated, nationally recognized network providing services at six hospitals and more than 200 sites, primarily in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and in Warren County, New Jersey. St. Luke’s has been honored with the 100 Top Hospitals® designation by Truven Health Analytics™ in 2015 and 2016 in the Major Teaching Hospital category. St. Luke’s Quakertown Campus has been recognized in 2016 as a 100 Top Hospital in the Small Community Hospital category.
About MedtronicMedtronic plc, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies – alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic employs more than 85,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals and patients in appropriately 160 countries. The company is focused on collaborating with stakeholders around the world to take healthcare Further, Together.
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