When it's time to replace the battery of the neurostimulator, a new device will be needed to continue therapy.
The battery life of Activa™ PC or Activa™ SC depends on how much stimulation it is programmed to deliver each day.
Activa™ RC, the rechargeable neurostimulator, is replaced after 15 years.*
The doctor will check the battery level and performance of the neurostimulator at each appointment. Patients can also check the battery with the patient programmer.
Plan ahead and don't wait for the battery to run out before getting the device replaced.
Tell a doctor right away if symptom relief is no longer being delivered, as the battery may have run out.
A surgeon will replace the neurostimulator during a short, usually outpatient procedure. Typically, the very thin wire (lead) that was implanted in the brain stays in place and is connected to the new device.