The Spine Hospital of Louisiana first in Southeast Region to offer Medtronic Intellis™ Platform

October 13, 2017 1:25 pm

The Spine Hospital of Louisiana is pleased to announce that it is the very first facility in the Southeast United States to offer the world’s smallest implantable spinal cord stimulator (SCS) to provide patients with optimal relief for chronic back and neck pain. Pain Medicine Specialist, Dr. Martin A. Langston, is one of the first physicians in the nation to allow patients to ‘test drive’ Medtronic’s Intellis™ Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) system, before more permanent implantation.

For the past 13 years, The Spine Hospital of Louisiana has been offering SCS therapy as an effective treatment for managing chronic back and neck pain resulting from conditions including failed back syndrome (FBS), complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and neuropathies. The therapy relies on a small implanted device and thin wires (known as leads) to deliver low levels of electrical energy to mask or interrupt pain signals as they travel along nerve fibers to the brain, which reduces the sensation of pain. Before implanting a permanent device, a temporary spinal cord stimulator wire is placed in a patient, allowing the individual to evaluate the therapy.

While there are a number of spinal cord stimulation devices on the market, the new Medtronic Intellis™ system sets itself apart with its compact size, faster recharge, and simplified programming. According to Medtronic, the system now offers the world’s smallest implantable SCS neurostimulator, with improved battery life and recharge times (1 hour empty to full), and is fully programmable and updateable via a Samsung tablet.

“As The Spine Hospital of Louisiana continues to bring world-class spinal care to Louisiana and the entire gulf coast, we are thrilled to partner with Medtronic to offer our patients another option for managing their chronic pain” said Dr. Martin A. Langston after performing one of the nation’s first Intellis SCS trials on Thursday, October 5th, 2017. “By offering more non-opiod treatment options, this is also a step in the right direction for hospitals everywhere amid a national opioid abuse crisis.”

If you are wondering if spinal cord stimulation therapy is right for you, ask your physician to refer you to a specialist at The NeuroMedical Center Clinic (225) 769-2200. More information is available at

About Medtronic
Medtronic PLC (, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies – alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world.

About The Spine Hospital of Louisiana at The NeuroMedical Center
The Spine Hospital of Louisiana is a five-star, physician-owned, 23 inpatient bed hospital located within The NeuroMedical Center Campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana offering patients the most advanced surgical and non-surgical care for the spine.

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