World’s Smallest Neurostimulator gets CE Mark Approvals (Sept. 11, 2009) — St. Jude Medical, Inc. announced CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark approval of the Brio ™ neurostimulator, the world’s smallest, longest-lasting rechargeable deep brain stimulation (DBS) device for treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Its battery is supposed to survive a decade of recharging.

icSlightly larger than the typical man’s watch, the Brio neurostimulator has a thin 10 mm thick and weighs just 1 ounce (29 grams).

A 67-year-old man who has suffered from Parkinson’s disease for more than 26 years became the first person in the world to be implanted with the Brio neurostimulator.

The Brio includes 10-year battery longevity, which is the longest battery life of any rechargeable DBS device currently on the market. It reduces replacement procedures. The battery is charged through wireless charging system.

The Brio neurostimulator also features constant current circuitry that automatically adjusts to deliver consistent therapy over time. and a dual header that accommodates two leads, allowing for bilateral stimulation from one device.

“Deep brain stimulation therapy is often the preferred treatment for many Parkinson’s disease patients,” says Dr. Volker Sturm, chairman of neurosurgery at the University Hospital of Cologne. For these patients, this small size Brio neurostimulator is a good choice for this patient.

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