FDA Approves Medtronic's Deep Brain Stimulation Implant

The company said Percept RC is the smallest and thinnest dual channel neurostimulator available for DBS.

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Medtronic said it received FDA approval of its Percept RC Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) system. The rechargeable neurostimulator is the latest innovation in the Medtronic Percept family, which includes the Percept PC neurostimulator, BrainSense technology, and SenSight directional leads. The Percept family is the only sensing-enabled DBS system on the market, allowing the physician to personalize treatment for patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia as well as epilepsy. Over 11 million people in the U.S. are living with movement disorders and approximately 3.4 million with epilepsy.

DBS uses a surgically implanted medical device, similar to a cardiac pacemaker. Medtronic Percept neurostimulators transmit electrical signals via slender wires to specific brain targets affected by debilitating neurological disorders like Parkinson's disease.

The company said Percept RC is the smallest and thinnest dual channel neurostimulator available for DBS. It is equipped with BrainSense technology that captures and records brain signals to provide insights that enable a healthcare provider to adapt and personalize therapy to a patient's evolving needs. Unlike other rechargeable devices, the Percept RC battery offers at least 15 years of service life with consistent and fast recharge performance. Medtronic patented battery technology has less battery fade than other rechargeable devices for a more reliable, long-lasting battery.  Patients can experience rapid recharging from 10% to 90% full charge in less than an hour.

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