NeuroControl Corporation8333 Rockside Road
Valley View, Ohio 44125
Telephone: 800-378-6955 or 216-912-0101.
Products manufactured by NeuroControl Corporation (listed alphabetically)
NEUROCONTROL FREEHAND SYSTEM
The NeuroControl Freehand System is a myoelectric prosthetic hand designed for use by individuals who have quadriplegia as a result of a spinal cord injury and have some use of an upper arm or shoulder. The system is an implanted medical device which enables many with quadriplegia to regain the use of a paralyzed hand. It combines neural prosthetics, using electrical stimulation to replace the original nerve impulses whose pathway is interrupted by spinal cord injury, with conventional reconstructive hand surgery. The system includes electrodes surgically attached to the muscles of the hand and forearm, a pacemaker-style stimulator implanted in the chest, and a transmitting coil worn externally on the skin over the location of the implanted stimulator. Shoulder movements, monitored by a shoulder position sensor, control the Freehand System. A separate external controller which can be attached to the user's wheelchair provides the power supply and the "brains" for the system. If determined to be medically necessary, tendon transfer surgery may also be necessary. With the system, small shoulder movements control the opening and closing of the hand. Depending upon the individual, the system may enable independent feeding or grooming, use of the telephone writing, etc.
VOCARE BLADDER SYSTEM
The VOCARE Bladder System is an externally triggered electrical stimulator designed for people 16 years of age and older with spinal cord injuries. This surgically implanted system enables individuals with intact bladder contractions to empty their bladders on demand and, after voiding the bladder, have a low volume of residual urine. The system is comprised of surgically implanted internal components and an external control unit. A pacemaker-style receiver-stimulator is surgically implanted under the skin of the abdoment, and this unit sends electrical signals through electrodes to the nerves that lead to the bladder. The user controls this implant with an external controller, which is about the size of a stereo cassette player. This unit consists of internal circuitry and a small transmitter antenna. The controller can be stored and used as needed.