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System and Method for Use and Implant of a Formed Medical Electrical Lead

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018804D
Publication Date: 2003-Aug-11

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Abstract

A percutaneous stimulation lead for spinal cord stimulation is provided which has a multiplicity of electrode contacts at the distal end of the lead. The distal portion of the lead has a permanent curvature at implantation which allows the lead to be placed, conforming to the curves of the spinal cord for more effective and efficient stimulation. In addition, the curvature facilitates fixation of the lead to the spinal cord. The curvature of the distal portion of the lead can be pre-formed before implantation or it may be formed in-situ once the lead has been inserted to the target site.