Patent Number: 8,880,191

Title: Method of implanting a spinal cord stimulator lead having multiple obstruction-clearing features

Abstract: A method of implanting a spinal cord stimulator lead in the epidural space of a human or animal subject. The method includes discharging a first pressurized fluid through a first lumen in the stimulator lead directly onto a tissue obstruction to form a partial/pilot or full/final opening in the tissue obstruction. If a full opening was not formed sufficient for passage of the stimulator lead, the method further includes inserting a distal-end portion of the stimulator lead into the partial opening and then delivering a second pressurized fluid through a second lumen in the spinal cord stimulator lead and into a balloon for expanding a distensible balloon to clear the tissue obstruction sufficient for passage of the stimulator lead. The method further comprising advancing the stimulator lead past the cleared tissue obstruction and into place for use to deliver therapeutic energy to spinal tissue adjacent the contacts.

Inventors: Pyles; Stephen T. (Ocala, FL), Graubert; Daniel A. (Etna, NH)

Assignee: Pyles; Stephen

International Classification: A61N 1/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-04 0:00:00