US Patent 9,486,621
United States Patent and Trademark Office
University of Iowa Research Foundation (Iowa City, IA, US) ; University of Virginia Patent Foundation (Charlottesville, VA, US)
A method for treating intractable pain via electrical stimulation of the spinal cord. Remote, non-contact stimulation of a selected region of spinal cord is achieved by placement of a transceiver patch directly on the surface of that region of spinal cord, with said patch optionally being inductively coupled to a transmitter patch of similar size on either the outer or inner wall of the dura surrounding that region of the spinal cord. By inductively exchanging electrical power and signals between said transmitter and transceiver patches, and by carrying out the necessary electronic and stimulus signal distribution functions on the transceiver patch, the targeted dorsal column axons can be stimulated without the unintended stray stimulation of nearby dorsal rootlets. Novel configurations of a pliable surface-sheath and clamp or dentate ligament attachment features which realize undamaging attachment of the patch to the spinal cord are described.
Howard, Matthew; Brennan, Timothy; Dalm, Brian; Utz, Marcel; Gillies, George T.; Scott, Steven; Nelson, Randall S.; and Shurig, Robert Implanting an electrode array against the spinal cord inside the dura for stimulating the spinal cord and treating pain. US Patent 9,486,621 filed August 07, 2015 and issued November 08, 2016. https://ir.uiowa.edu/patents/673