Implantation Procedure for NeuRx® Diaphragm Pacing System (DPS)
During minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, a surgeon creates four dime-sized holes in the abdomen and inserts a laparoscope to examine the diaphragm muscle. The surgeon then places small electrodes in areas near the phrenic nerves that control diaphragm contractions.
The electrodes are tunneled under the skin to a pre-determined exit site. The electrodes connect to the small battery-powered external pulse generator (EPG) that stimulates the muscle and the phrenic nerves to cause the contraction of the diaphragm.