HOW TO USE  YOUR PATIENT  PROGRAMMER

HOW TO USE YOUR PATIENT PROGRAMMER

You will use your patient programmer to turn your therapy on or off and check the battery. You may also be able to adjust the stimulation within options programmed by your doctor.


INSTRUCTIONS AND HELP

  • Your clinician or nurse will show you how to use your programmer. Call your doctor if you need more help or have questions
  • You will receive a manual with detailed instructions
  • The Medtronic DBS helpline is here to help you operate or troubleshoot your programmer. Call +44 (0) 1923 205101

GET STARTED

  • Know what to do when you see a warning or alert
  • Start by learning the easy, basic operation of your programmer
  • Over time, learn more features of your programmer
  • Always keep the programmer with you

PATIENT PROGRAMMER MODELS

There are three models of patient programmer.

  • DBS Patient Programmer for Activa® neurostimulators
  • Access Review Patient Programmer for Soletra®
  • Access Patient Programmer for Kinetra®

WHAT DO THE BUTTONS DO?

You operate the programmer by pressing buttons, also called keys. The illustration explains the key buttons on the DBS patient programmer used with Activa® neurostimulators. All the buttons on your programmer are explained in its manual.

Labelled DBS Programmer
  1. Turn therapy on and off.
  2. Check status of neurostimulator battery.
  3. Press up or down arrows for menu options.
    Press left or right arrows to see more choices.
  4. Increase or decrease therapy settings.
  5. Turn programmer on and off.

WHAT DO THE SYMBOLS MEAN?

Your manual explains the symbols displayed on the screen. The chart is a quick guide to common symbols on the DBS patient programmer used with Activa® neurostimulators.

Symbol Definition
Programmer Icon 1

Therapy is on.

Programmer Icon 2

Therapy is off.

Programmer Icon 3

Battery is OK.

Programmer Icon 4

Battery is close to depletion.

Programmer Icon 5

Call your clinician. The neurostimulator battery is close to depletion. Therapy will not be available soon. 

Programmer Icon 6

Call your clinician immediately to schedule replacement surgery. The neurostimulator battery is depleted and you neurostimulator is no longer delivering therapy.


PATIENT PROGRAMMER MANUALS AND QUICK GUIDES

See the manual for your programmer for information about use, maintenance, and troubleshooting. If you have an Activa® neurostimulator, you will also have an illustrated quick guide.

Where to get the manuals and guides:

  • Your clinician will give you the printed manual for your programmer
  • You can get a replacement copy by calling Medtronic Patient Services at (800) 510-6735
  • You can also view or save the following electronic versions on your computer:

ACTIVA®

KINETRA®

SOLETRA®


Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.