SPRINT PNS System, by SPR® Therapeutics, is a medical device system utilized for peripheral nerve stimulation and peripheral neuromodulation. The SPRINT PNS System is designed to selectively and robustly stimulate targeted peripheral nerve fibers for up to 60 days, modulating central plasticity to enable significant and sustained pain relief. It is a non-surgical option that has provided patients with long-term pain relief after a 60-day treatment period since it was launched in the United States in 2016.
The SPRINT PNS System is a 60 day percutaneous treatment system that is temporary; however, may provide long-term pain relief. The electrical microleads that provide stimulation to the targeted injured nerves are temporary and are simply removed after 60 days.
The SPRINT PNS system is a minimally-invasive and drug free procedural system placed under ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance depending on the condition being treated. With the SPRINT System, a tiny MicroLeadTM not much larger than the size of a hair, is placed to stimulate the targeted nerve.
The SPRINT System works by placing a tiny MicroLeadTM (not much larger than the size of a hair) to stimulate the targeted nerve. A small device then sends gentle electrical pulses through the MicroLead to stimulate the nerve. A simple hand-held remote allows you to control the simulation level to find a setting that works best for you.
a. Chronic and acute post-operative pain
b. Shoulder/Knee pain
i. – chronic post-operative pain, or patients who are not surgical candidates
c. Headaches/occipital neuralgia
d. Neck pain
e. Back pain
f. Nerve injury
i. Examples → work injuries, crush injuries, dog bites, nerve pain after ulnar
nerve reposition surgery, elbow surgeries, hernia repairs, etc.
g. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
h. Phantom limb pain
i. Chronic post-amputation pain
j. Hemiplegic shoulder pain
Peripheral nerve stimulation treatment requires a thorough history and physical examination to be conducted first. If you are a candidate for this procedure, Dr. Masri will discuss initially targeting the chronic injured nerves/areas of pain with diagnostic blocks. This will help Dr. Masri to determine the appropriate technical approach as well as the probability of a successful treatment utilizing a peripheral neuromodulation device. If successful, options for temporary or permanent implantation of the device systems will be discussed.
When finished the device appears as the following on the patient for 60 days.
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The SPRINT System is an exciting approach to address chronic pain now being adopted by leading pain specialists such as Dr. Masri at Colorado Interventional Health Sciences. Please schedule an initial consultation if you would like to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for this therapy.