(i9) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication
DeMulling et al.
(54) GUIDED PROGRAMMING WITH
(75) Inventors: Delight D. DeMulling, Lino Lakes,
MN (US); Debbie A. McConnell,
Edina, MN (US); Steven M. Goetz,
Brooklyn Center, MN (US); Cari
Herman, Ham Lake, MN (US); Wende
L. Dewing, Edina, MN (US)
SHUMAKER & SIEFFERT, P. A.
1625 RADIO DRIVE
WOODBURY, MN 55125 (US) (73) Assignee: Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, MN (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 11/690,655
(22) Filed: Mar. 23, 2007
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/785,107, filed on Mar. 23, 2006.
(51) Int. CI.
A61N 1/05 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 607/60
Techniques that involve generating test stimulation programs based upon specific patient feedback to guide the programming process for stimulation therapy are described. The patient describes positive effects and adverse effects of the test stimulation by listing and/or rating specific types of effects, both positive and adverse, and the location of each effect. In this manner, a programming device, i.e. a programmer, uses the feedback to generate subsequent test stimulation programs. Initially, programs with unipolar electrode configurations are tested, but the programmer may generate bipolar electrode configurations to test if the patient rates the unipolar electrode combinations poorly. After the stimulation programs are tested and rated, the programmer sorts the tested programs based upon the feedback and presents the tested programs to the user. The user selects the best tested program to use for chronic stimulation therapy. Additionally, the patient may utilize the guided programming technique for continued therapy optimization.