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Spinal cord stimulation systems (SCS) are designed to last for several years before needing to be replaced. The neurostimulator may need to be replaced if the battery depletes or the device malfunctions.
Some neurostimulators have rechargeable batteries, while others have non-rechargable batteries. The battery life of a recharge-free device depends on the model and individual use.
As the device nears the end of its battery life, you may begin seeing an ERI message screen. This tells you that the battery is low and should too be replaced soon to continue therapy. Contact your managing physician to discuss next steps.
If you and your doctor are discussing a replacement neurostimulation system, be sure to ask about the Intellis™ rechargeable system and the Vanta™ recharge-free system. These devices set the standard for managing chronic pain with neurostimulation.
There are a number of choices, when deciding what SCS system is right for you. You’ll want to select the SCS system that has the features that benefit you most. Medtronic is the only company that can provide you with all these important features.
|Options to suit
|Intellis™ Rechargeable SCS||Vanta™
|Personalized pain relief||✔||✔|
|Access to MRI anywhere on the body||✔||✔|
|Small, comfortable device size||✔||✔|
|Access to network of Medtronic Support||✔||✔|
|Industry-leading battery longevity||Up to 9 years**||Variable, based on programming*|
|Fast battery recharge||✔||n/a|
|*Recharge-free devices are parameter dependent, and longevity can vary depending on settings. Vanta™ SCS can last up to 11 years.
**For more information on our 9-year warranty of the neurostimulator, contact email@example.com.
Sometime in the future, you may need an MRI to diagnose an unrelated condition, so it’s good to know the Intellis™ and Vanta™ SCS systems use Medtronic SureScan™ MRI technology. This will allow you to have an MRI anywhere on your body — just like a patient without an implanted neurostimulator.*
Your treatment-related information — including your position diary, unique therapy settings, and spine images — is stored on your Medtronic SCS device. So, wherever you go, your information travels with you.
Powered by Medtronic Overdrive™ battery technology, the Intellis™ SCS rechargeable system features fast battery recharge and minimal loss of capacity over time. It’s also the smallest implantable SCS neurostimulator available.
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Under specific conditions. Talk to your doctor and refer to product labeling for full list of conditions.
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.
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