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MRI-Compatible Spinal Cord Stimulator

Syosset Hospitals First To Offer

The North Shore-LIJ Health System recently announced that the first magnetic resonance imaging-compatible spinal cord stimulator (SCS) in New York State was implanted last Tuesday in a patient at Syosset Hospital.

Physicians at Southside Hospital were also among the first on Long Island to implant one of these devices, with a procedure that happened on Wednesday.

Patients with chronic pain in addition to health concerns such as multiple sclerosis who had previous versions of the device implanted would have had to have the device surgically removed  before undergoing an MRI because of concerns that the MRI’s magnetic fields would interfere with the stimulator.

SCS was first created by Medtronic in the 1980s and since then about 250,000 people across the globe have benefitted from the device.

The stimulator is a device that is implanted under a patient’s skin and sends out mild electrical impulses to a person’s spinal cord. The impulses keep back and limb-related pain signals from reaching the patient’s brain. In lieu of pain, a patient will feel a tingling sensation. This kind of treatment is helpful for people with chronic pain, which lasts for more than three months and is so severe it can be disabling, such as limiting a person’s activities and work schedule.         

Approximately 116 million American adults experience chronic pain, which is more than the number of people who are impacted by diabetes, cancer and heart disease combined, according to Medtronic.

Dr. John Stamatos, director of interventional pain management at Syosset Hospital, performed the first procedure in New York State with the stimulator on Tuesday morning.

“Not only is this device giving patients significant relief from their chronic pain, but it’s also allowing people who need an MRI to do so without another surgery needing to be performed,” Dr. Stamatos said.

Dr. Luis Fandos, chief of pain management at Southside Hospital, said, “Until now, removal of spinal cord stimulation devices to ensure a safe body MRI scan was unavoidable. With SureScan technology, patients who are receiving neurostimulation therapy to manage their chronic pain now have access to the full benefits of MRI scans without compromising their healthcare, and their physicians have the best opportunity to identify potentially life-threatening medical conditions.”

The spinal cord stimulator is one of a handful of options to treat chronic pain. Other treatments include rehabilitation, medications and corrective surgery.

News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


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