Neurosurgeon First in Arkansas to Implant New Spinal Cord Stimulation Device to Alleviate Chronic Pain
Chronic pain had diminished the lives of both Steve Moore and Tony Yocom. Protégé, a new neurostimulation system implanted during surgery at UAMS, has given some of that life back. UAMS neurosurgeon Erika Petersen, M.D. recently became the first neurosurgeon in Arkansas to implant in a patient the Protégé IPG device, the world’s first and only neurostimulation system that can be updated through software rather than surgery.
Until now, one of the greatest challenges with spinal cord stimulation therapies has been giving patients access to the latest technologies without surgically replacing their medical device.
The new technology can access innovative therapies, stimulation modes, diagnostics or other features, as they receive Food and Drug Administration approval through future software upgrades — without the need to surgically replace their medical device.
UAMS, Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Expand Affiliation
Gov. Mike Beebe joined officials from UAMS and the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs today at UAMS Northwest in Fayetteville to announce a plan to provide residents in the Arkansas State Veterans Home on the regional campus improved care.
The plan will allow interprofessional teams of UAMS students to participate in and observe care delivered to residents. UAMS resident physicians also will be involved in providing care.
The agreement, dubbed “Welcome Home,” expands on an education affiliation with the 108-bed skilled nursing facility located in space leased on the UAMS Northwest campus.