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Activa SC Neurostimulator

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

 
Activa SC

Our Medtronic deep brain stimulation (DBS) system has technology and features that will make a difference for you now and into the future. Your doctor will recommend the right device for your needs. Learn about the Activa® SC neurostimulator, which can deliver stimulation to one side of the brain through a lead (thin wire). Two stimulators are used to stimulate areas on both sides of the brain. 

NO BATTERY MAINTENANCE  

The battery does not need to be recharged. The neurostimulator lasts 3 to 5 years on average, depending on the programmed settings.

INDIVIDUALIZED PROGRAMMING 

Your doctor will program your system for your needs.   

DBS PATIENT PROGRAMMER   

You will have a device, similar to a remote control, which allows you to turn the system on and off and to check the battery. You may also be able to adjust the stimulation within options programmed by your doctor. The patient programmer will alert you about 3 months before the battery runs out, so you have plenty of time to plan for replacement.   

STORES YOUR THERAPY INFORMATION  

The neurostimulator stores important data about itself and the programmed settings that have worked for you in the past. This means you don’t need to carry such records if you travel or switch clinics. A doctor can access the information in your neurostimulator with a clinician programmer. 

ACCESS TO MRI

Medtronic provides the first safe access to MRI anywhere on the body with some DBS systems under certain conditions—giving your doctor an important tool for diagnosis. 

Medtronic DBS systems are MR Conditional which means they are safe for MRI scans only under certain conditions. If the conditions are not met, the MRI could cause tissue heating especially at the implanted lead(s) in the brain which may result in serious and permanent injury or death. Before having an MRI, always talk with the doctor who manages your DBS Therapy to determine your eligibility and discuss potential benefits and risks of MRI. For further information, please call Medtronic at 800-328-0810.


Humanitarian Device: The effectiveness of this device for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder has not been demonstrated.


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.