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Deep Brain Stimulation for psychiatric disorders

A superior medical bionics device for refractory psychiatric disorders. The application of DBS to treat certain severe psychiatric disorders is rapidly expanding.  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), for example, is currently poorly treated with conventional therapies. Bionic Enterprises will develop a custom device for these patients with customised stimulation parameters and a number of other superior features to currently available devices.


Neurikon psychiatric DBS system will have the potential to offer many advantages

  • Stimulator package positioned in the temporal bone of the skull to minimise lead migration and fracture, and skin erosion
  • 22 contacts on the electrodes allowing more precise and customised stimulation
  • Current steering reduces side effects and gives finer control and more consistent patient outcomes
  • Greater ease of implantation in a single surgical procedure compared with current technologies
  • Fine diameter electrodes allow for easier insertion
  • Single unit implanted only, no need for additional unit to be implanted into the chest cavity
  • Device is 50% smaller than existing devices
  • Rechargeable battery reduces the need for subsequent additional surgeries, minimises associated surgical risks, puts less pressure on the skin and results in less erosion
  • Reversible procedure
  • Reprogrammable device without the need for further surgery
  • Closed loop control
  • Complete solution including user-friendly evaluation and tuning methods

Current DBS devices have shortcomings

  • Devices are located in the chest cavity which increases the chance of lead migration and fracture, and skin erosion
  • Surgical procedures to the brain, head, neck and chest required
  • Limited control over stimulation options due to the low number of electrodes
  • Large diameter electrodes and stimulator make insertion difficult
  • Wide variations in patient outcomes
  • High failure rate compared to cochlear implants

Indications

Certain refractory psychiatric conditions including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

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