Neurimpulse Lightpulse Review
The Neurimpulse Lightpulse is an implantable neurostimulator that is available in 3 versions including the Lightpulse 100, 100L and 102. Each version achieves the same outcome of reducing pain for patients suffering from chronic pain however each variation does slightly differ in power output etc, but this will be discussed and decided between the patient and surgeon performing the surgery.
Each Lightpulse is dedicated to the stimulation of nerves in order to block pain signals reaching the brain and in-turn reducing the ‘sensation’ of pain, making it an effective treatment and control of chronic pain. Most typical neurostimulators are ‘central’ which is refereed to as ‘spinal cord stimulation’, however Neurimpulse have created the Lightpulse specifically to be ‘peripheral’ which simply means these can be implanted anywhere in the body where the pain is occurring, not just the spine.
How the Lighpulse Neurostimulator Works
The Lightpulse range uses neurostimulation which intercepts pain signals before they reach the brain. To achieve this, each Lightpulse features a small stimulator which is implanted under the skin near the painful area and then generates electrical signals. These electrical signals run through the implanted leads and travel along the nerves, masking the feeling of pain and replacing it with a pleasant sensation. Many patients have reported that this feels very similar to a gentle massage and occasionally like a ‘tingling’ sensation.
Neurostimulation doesn’t cure the pain, it simply masks the body feeling the pain and is why this form of treatment is only recommended once all other non-surgical treatments have been attempted but with little results (such as medication or physiotherapy etc).
Patient Case Study
In 2007, Leonardo needed to undergo surgery to remove a chondroma (tumour) from his right hand side around the ribs. Unfortunately two months after surgery Leonardo began to experience very severe pain in his abdominal region. His quality of life started to diminish as he had to endure pain for a long time, limiting his physical ability.
Leonardo’s family doctor attempted to control the pain via a range of different treatments including oral medications which were not very effective. One year later Leonardo’s family doctor referred him to a pain management specialist who diagnosed him with intercostal neuritis and advised that Leonardo try Neurimpulse neurostimulation therapy.
Leonardo underwent a trial period to determine whether he was an ideal candidate for the therapy and soon reported that he felt significant relief from the pain due to stimulation. In May 2011, Leonardo had the neurostimulator implanted properly and never looked back. After the successful implant of the neurostimulator Leonardo reported a 90% decrease in pain and stopped taking medication entirely. Leonardo has since gone back to work and can even play football again.
In recent years there have been numerous clinical studies carried out in order to determine the effectiveness of neurostimulation therapy. The main purpose of these studies has been to evaluate parameters such as the reduction in pain, improvement in the quality of life and the level of daily activity for patients suffering with chronic pain. The diagrams below show the data obtained from some of these studies.
Advantages & Possible Side-Effects
The Neurimpulse neurostimulation system is truly innovative and differs greatly from other systems available in the market because it is specifically designed for peripheral neurostimulation which (generally speaking) involves less risk than spinal cord stimulation and is mainly due to the technology used being much less invasive.
There are many benefits to having a neurostimulator implanted, however as with any therapy, side effects may arise.
Advantages of the System
- Pleasant tingling sensation in the painful area
- Pain reduction of at least 50%
- Reduction or elimination of painkillers
- Improvement in quality of life
- Use of a minimally invasive neurostimulator for easy positioning
- Personal aesthetics unaffected thanks to the small size of the system
- No stimulation, resulting in loss of pain relief, due to the dislodgement of the lead or to other system problems
- Not optimal stimulation in the painful points if the leads are dislodged from the right position
- Annoying stimulation
- Communication problems between the neurostimulator and the remote control
It is also worth considering the fact that by having a neurostimulation system implanted will involve surgery which comes with its own seperate risk of gaining infection and possible requiring the removal of the system. Also a consequence of any type of complication related to the system it may require additional surgery to reposition or replace components.
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