Physicians at Rush First in Chicago to Offer New Neurostimulator
Physicians at the Rush Pain Center recently became the first in Chicago to offer patients the AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor, an implantable neurostimulation device that uses the motion sensor technology found in smartphones and video gaming systems to help patients manage chronic leg and back pain.
"This device is unique because its motion-detecting technology enables it to automatically adjust the intensity of stimulation based on the patient's body position,” says Sandeep Amin, MD, an anesthesiologist at Rush.
The device is the only available chronic pain treatment system that can automatically recognize and remember the correlation between the change in body position and the level of stimulation needed. The system can also record and store the frequency of posture changes and automatically adjust stimulation in order to provide effective pain relief.
"It's like flipping a switch,” Amin says. "Patients appreciate the convenience of not having to make frequent adjustments in order to remain pain-free.”
The device is implanted in a patient's back though a small incision. Patients can typically be back on their feet in about two days and back to normal activities in six to eight weeks after implantation. The implanted battery has to be changed in a 45-minute procedure every four to seven years.
Inpatient Hospice Unit Opens at Rush
In collaboration with Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care — a not-for-profit, community-based organization in Chicago — Rush will open a new inpatient hospice unit this June in the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center (JRB). The 13-bed facility, called the Ada F. Addington Inpatient Hospice Unit, will be the first such unit at an academic medical center in Illinois.
Housed on the fifth floor (south) of JRB, it will feature single-bed patient rooms and a central family atrium including such amenities as a fireplace, an aquarium and comfortable sofas. "The addition of this unit will allow Rush an opportunity to provide comfort and dignity for the dying," says Sean O'Mahony, MB, BCh, BAO, director of the Section of Palliative Medicine at Rush.
While Horizon will operate the unit and accept patients from any hospital, residential facility or private home, about 50 percent of patients are expected to come from Rush, and Rush will act as a partner in providing some aspects of care. O'Mahony will serve as the inpatient hospice unit medical director, and Anthony Perry, MD, director of JRB, will serve as the unit's executive leader. In addition, the inpatient unit will serve as a training location for health care students in hospice and palliative medicine.