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Wednesday 22nd November 2017

First pain relief implant in Scotland

19th July 2010

A woman has become the first person in Scotland to be fitted with an implant which uses Wii-style motion sensing technology to provide pain relief.

Ailsa MacKenzie-Summers, 42, from East Kilbride, had electrodes inserted onto her spinal chord, which when activated, create an electric field around it to stimulate nerves and mask pain by generating a tingly feeling. The new neurostimulator implant is automatic but only suitable for certain patients with chronic pain caused by nerve irritation that medication has not been able to treat.


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