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Emory among first in Georgia to use new spinal cord stimulator



ATLANTA — Emory Healthcare is the first hospital system in North Georgia to offer patients access to a new spinal cord stimulator to help relieve chronic pain. The FDA-approved device, known as the Intellis System, is the world’s smallest implantable spinal cord neurostimulator.

The first Emory device was successfully implanted at Emory Johns Creek Hospital in October and is also currently being used by Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center.

“This technology can play a major role in getting patients off opiates and other pain medications which is a big focus in the medical community and in society today,” said Gerald Rodts, MD, chief of the Division of Spine Surgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory School of Medicine.

The tiny, high-tech device is used to alleviate chronic pain of the low back and legs caused by degenerative spine problems, spinal injuries, complications or side-effects of previous spine surgeries, scoliosis and other spine deformities, nerve or spinal cord injuries.

To contact Emory for more information or for an appointment, call 404-778-7777 or 800-753-6679 to speak with a HealthConnectionsm registered nurses or representatives. For more information about the device visit, Medtronic, Inc.

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