MUDr. Róbert Rapčan, FIPP, in the operating team in Bratislava that implants the smallest neurostimulator in the world
16. 5. 2017
In Slovakia a new type of wireless neurostimulator is being used to treat severe chronic pain that is in such a stage that all of the available treatments are ineffective. The first successful operations on three patients took place at the University Hospital in Bratislava under the leadership of the Head of the Neurosurgery Clinic at the Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University and UNB MUDr. Róbert Illéš and the interventional pain relieve expert MUDr. Róbert Rapčan, FIPP. The neurostimulator consists of a microelectrode that is than less 3 mm large and a chargeable battery which, unlike the currently available neurostimulators, is not placed under the skin but is carried by the patient, for example, in the pocket of a garment. A number of Slovak media outlets (the dailies SME, Nový čas, sme.sk, pluska.sk, RTVS, JOJ, dobrenoviny.sk, etc.) have reported this important event – the implantation of a “pain jammer”.