Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dr. Heller Performs First Procedure On East Coast With New Technology


Dr Daniel Heller

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel Heller (pictured) recently performed a surgical procedure using a new medical technology to provide a higher level of pain relief for patients who suffer from chronic pain.

The system, a Medtronic, Inc. innovation, is the first and only chronic pain treatment that harnesses motion sensor technology found in smart phones and computer gaming systems to provide effective pain relief and convenience by automatically adapting stimulation levels to affected areas. Julie Foster, vice president at Medtronic noted, “This breakthrough technology will help transform pain management and enable people suffering with chronic pain to feel better and get back to their normal activities.”

Neurostimulation systems consist of an implantable medical device similar to a pacemaker to interrupt pain signals from reaching the brain. The treatment has become a mainstay of chronic pain management; however, a change in body position (e.g., sitting up or lying down) can result in an increase or decrease in the intensity of stimulation as a patient’s spinal cord moves closer or further away from the stimulation site. As a result, patients may need to make frequent manual adjustments to their stimulation levels as they move, using a handheld patient programmer.

AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor reduces the need for manual programming changes by automatically adapting stimulation levels to the needs of people with chronic back and/or leg pain by recognizing and remembering the correlation between a change in body position and the level of stimulation needed. It also records and stores the frequency of posture changes, providing objective feedback to clinicians to help them understand how a patient’s individual stimulation requirements are changing over time. Additionally, AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in MRI head scans if recommended by a physician. Medtronic is the only company to offer neurostimulators with this approved labeling for use in MRI head scans.

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center is one of the first centers of excellence on the east coast to use this technology.

Dr. Wise Honored As One Of Top Spine Surgeons In The U.S.

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey J. Wise for being named one of the best spine surgeons in the country by! Dr. Wise was honored with a Patients’ Choice Award, reflecting near-perfect scores from patients who rated him, as well as a Compassionate Doctor Recognition for his work. Like everyone at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center, Dr. Wise strives to provide compassionate, complete care to his patients. As these awards show, he’s doing just that!

Dr Jeffrey J Wise recognized as one of top orthopedic surgeons in U.S. in 2011