Implantable Pain Fighter: Eon Mini Neurostimulator
Company: St. Jude Medical
Availability: Now in Europe
Patients with severe chronic migraines that do not respond to medication can now seek relief with the world’s smallest rechargeable device for neurostimulation. In September, the European health regulatory agency approved the Eon Mini to help patients manage the pain associated with these difficult-to-treat headaches, known as refractory migraines. The device, which surgeons implant under the skin, delivers mild electric pulses to nerves in the back of the head. A company study found that after one year of use, 65 percent of patients reported significant pain relief. The device already has approval in the United States, Europe, and Japan for treatment of chronic back and limb pain.