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Chronic Pain Management

Move more patients from pain to relief

A large, costly and growing problem, chronic pain affects approximately 1.5 billion people worldwide—more than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined.1

Because every patient experiences pain differently, chronic pain can be particularly difficult to manage. Even two people with the same kind of pain may need different therapies.

At St. Jude Medical, our patient-focused approach to pain management is inspired by the care needs and challenges of patients with chronic pain. We offer the broadest range of therapies across the continuum of care to help physicians like you tailor your approach. Our investments in research, technology and partnerships can improve therapy outcomes, increase treatment options and transform lives.

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DRG Therapy: Expand Your Reach

Now you can help patients with focal chronic intractable pain conditions that you could not comprehensively treat before. 

Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation is a clinically proven therapy designed to deliver precise stimulation for your patient’s unique needs. It expands the range of neurostimulation options you can offer and sets a new standard of care that may help you significantly improve patients’ lives.

The DRG has emerged as an exciting new target for the management of focal intractable chronic pain.

Watch the video to see how DRG therapy works, and learn about the only system specifically designed to stimulate the DRG, the Axium™ Neurostimulator System.

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Transforming the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Inspired by the needs and challenges of patients with chronic pain, we believe that further innovation in the management of chronic pain will result in more effective outcomes. That is why we invest in the development of objective clinical outcomes, new therapy options and patient-centric system features that we believe will lead to an improved quality of life for more patients.

Partner with us to treat more patients with better results and transform the lives of more patients suffering from chronic pain.

Contact your St. Jude Medical representative or request more information.


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2. Schmidt, P. C., Pino, C. A., & Vorenkamp, K. E. (2014). Sacroiliac joint radiofrequency ablation with a multilesion probe: A case series of 60 patients. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 119(2), 460-462. http://dx.doi.org/10.1213/ANE.0000000000000282
3. VanCamp, T. (2013, June). Preliminary outcomes with a new stimulation design: Response comparison and budget impact modelling. Presented at the meeting of the International Neuromodulation Society Congress, Berlin, Germany.
4. Schu, S., Gulve, A., Eldabe, S., Baranidharan, G., Wolf, K., Demmel, W., … Liem, L. (2014). Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) of the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) for groin pain–a retrospective review. Pain Practice, 15(4), 293-299. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/papr.12194
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6. Breivik, H., Hattori, S., & Moulin, D. E. (2005, August). Prevalence and impact of chronic pain: A systematic review of epidemiological studies on chronic pain. Presented at the meeting of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) 11th World Congress on Pain, Sydney, Australia.
7. Mironer, E., Berstein, C. A., Masone, R., Garcia. E., Amayem, A., Johans, T., … Golovac, S. (2011, May). A prospective clinical evaluation of a rechargeable implantable pulse generator (IPG): Final analysis of the sustainability of spinal cord stimulation therapy for chronic lower back pain. Presented at the meeting of the International Neuromodulation Society, London, England.
8. Breivik, H., Collett, B., Ventafridda, V., Cohen, R., & Gallacher, D. (2006). Survey of chronic pain in Europe: Prevalence, impact on daily life, and treatment. European Journal of Pain, 10, 287-333. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpain.2005.06.009
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