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Paddle Lead Splitter Design

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000212368D
Publication Date: 2011-Nov-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

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Abstract

The present idea relates to a manufacturing approach for an implanted electrode lead splitter used with an implanted pulse generator or stimulator. A concept of this idea relates to utilizing individual electrode splitters in combination with paddle design to simplify manufacturing of this specific electrode style.

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Paddle Lead Splitter Design for Neurostimulation

BACKGROUND

The present idea relates to a manufacturing approach for an implanted electrode lead splitter used with an implanted pulse generator or stimulator. A concept of this idea relates to utilizing individual electrode splitters in combination with paddle design to simplify manufacturing of this specific electrode style.

Implantable electrical stimulation systems include an electrode (“lead”) with one or more electrode contacts disposed on a distal end of the lead and one or more terminals disposed on one or more proximal ends of the lead. Leads include, for example, percutaneous leads, paddle leads, and cuff leads.

Paddle electrodes are used to electrically stimulate tissue and treat many conditions. The present idea is mainly directed implantable paddle leads that utilize splitters for coupling a plurality of leads (or lead extensions) to a single connector, used in electrical stimulation systems.

DESCRIPTION

This idea relates to a splitter for an electrical stimulation system which includes a device having a proximal end and a distal end. An elongated proximal member extends from the proximal end of the device. The proximal member includes a plurality of terminals disposed on a proximal end of the proximal member.

An elongated distal member extends from the distal end of the device. Each distal member includes a connector disposed on a distal end of the distal member. The connector is configured and arranged for receiving a lead or lead extension.

In at least some embodiments, the connectors are configured and arranged to receive the same t...