Start Living Again with Spinal Cord Stimulation

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Stop Living With Pain

The longer you are living with diabetes and the older you are, the greater the chances you may develop painful diabetic neuropathy or “burning feet”. If you are living with this condition and have not found adequate pain relief, HF10™ may help.

How it works

Evidence shows that delivering mild electrical pulses to the nerves interrupts the transmission of pain signals to the brain, thus reducing pain.

Regaining Independence: Anne’s story

"When my family saw me walk for the first time they all started to cry."

- Anne

Anne was managing both her diabetes and her pain with medications, however, both conditions worsened until she was restricted to a wheelchair and her mobility was limited. She struggled to sit and required assistance with personal care.

Anne’s Pain Specialist suggested a temporary 5-7 day trial of HF10™.

Within 2 days of the HF10™ trial, she experienced 90% pain relief in her feet and an increase in functional activity. She started walking again, was able to revisit her passion for gardening and a return to independence. She slept well and in her own bed for the first time in years. Anne proceeded to a permanent HF10™ implant.

After a 6-month follow up, her pain relief is maintained, she no longer uses a walker and is able to travel and spend time with her two grandchildren.

Results may vary.

Frequently asked questions

How can HF10™ therapy help with the burning pain in my feet?

A recent study which examined the results of HF10™ in Peripheral Polyneuropathy found that 83% of patients with Painful Diabetic Neuropathy were responders* to HF10™. Approximately half of all patients that took part in the trial also reported sensory improvements 4.

[4] Galan et al. 14th Annual International Neuromodulation Society Meeting. Sydney Australia, May 25-30, 2019. Podium Presentation.
*the term ‘responders’ refers to the percentage of patients who experienced 50% or greater reduction in pain
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Are there risks associated with HF10™?

Your Pain Specialist will talk to you about possible risks before proceeding with the treatment.

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Is HF10™ expensive?

HF10™ may be reimbursed, depending on your level of cover provided by your health fund. Please speak to your treating physician to determine the costs specific to your situation.

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What is involved in the HF10™ procedure?

There are usually two parts to the HF10™ procedure. The procedure is performed either under sedation or general anaesthetic. Firstly, there is a TRIAL procedure where temporary wires (called ‘leads’) are placed into the epidural space (a layer around the spine) via a needle, similar to the procedure some women have during labor. These leads are attached to the skin and a Temporary Stimulator is used to deliver HF10™ for approximately 7 days. Secondly, if the trial procedure has been successful, a FULL IMPLANT is performed. During implant, the leads are usually placed in the epidural space, similar to the trial.

These leads are then tunnelled under the skin to an Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG; similar to a cardiac pacemaker) which is implanted in the buttock. Following implant, a technician will program the device to optimize your treatment. Nevro® provides extended support to patients and a team of clinical specialists will be available to follow your progress in the months and years after implant.

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How successful is HF10™ in managing chronic pain?

A large Randomized Clinical Trial completed in 2017 demonstrated a reduction in pain of 67% and 65% in patients with leg and back pain respectively.

Kapural L, et al. Comparison of 10-kHz High-Frequency and Traditional Low-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation for the Treatment of Chronic Back and Leg Pain: 24-month Results from a Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled Pivotal Trial. Neurosurgery. Published 09 2016 [Epub ahead of Print].
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