As an executive board member and vice president of the NSANZ it’s been a great privilege for Dr. Nick Christelis to attend the 13th World Congress of the International Neuromodulation Society in Edinburgh titled Technology Changing Lives.
He presented some recent research he has been involved in. This is looking at newer waveforms or 'pulses of electricity' that could provide improved pain reduction for some patients with implantable neuromodulation devices like spinal cord stimulators
Some of the highlights included:
- Pivotal research on dorsal root ganglion stimulation for chronic pain. This included presentations on best practices of this advanced and effective pain therapy.
- Best practices for reducing risk an infection and complications at the time of implantation of spinal cord stimulators. Read more here
- Research on how new spinal cord stimulation techniques will involve ‘closed loop feedback’ systems. Saluda has developed closed loop neuromodulation technology that enables the recording and measurement of electrical nerve signals travelling up and down the spine in real time on the same electrode array that is used for stimulation.
- Other presentations attended – was that high frequency neurostimulation could be an effective therapy for diabetic peripheral neuropathy pain.