Physician Partners of America performs the first Endoscopic SCS Paddle lead implantation

Dr. James St. Louis uses minimally invasive endoscopic techniques to implant spinal cord stimulator.

Dr. James St. Louis, Director of Minimally Invasive Spine Division at Physician Partners of America, has helped thousands of patients to ease their back pain throughout his career. Always finding new ways to improve upon his techniques, Dr. St. Louis recently implanted a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) with a paddle lead. His vast experience with minimally invasive surgical techniques allows him to implant these devices through a remarkably small incision.

The procedure normally requires an open incision with a laminectomy. His expertise using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques allows him to do the implantation using an incision that barely needs any stitches to close.

To distract the brain from the pain signals it is receiving, we can use spinal cord stimulators. Spinal cord stimulators are small electronic devices that are implanted into the spine using a minimally invasive procedure. During this procedure, wires from the device are carefully positioned along the spinal cord. The stimulator then sends small, mild electrical currents through the wires to stimulate the spinal cord nerve fibers, interrupting the messages before they have a chance to convert into pain sensations.

This paddle lead product is different due to its high frequency stimulation and the design of the product itself. The shape and texture of the product makes it a perfect fit for the spinal cord, therefore reducing the chances of migration. This product provides an adjustable range of pulses to better satisfy the patient.

Benefits of the high frequency spinal cord stimulator include FDA- approval, clinically proven to provide superior relief of back and leg pain, high frequency and adjustable, provides superior coverage on spine, less chance of migration throughout the back, minimally invasive, user-friendly, and only required outpatient care.

This product is beneficial to patients who have identified the medical cause of their pain, tried previous pain reduction interventions without success, and are not good candidates for other additional procedures. Based on the needs of the patient, Dr. St. Louis will choose a product that will make a perfect fit for the patient’s spinal cord.

“I am excited to continue to use the HF10 spinal cord stimulator to help bring pain relief to our patients.” – Dr. James St. Louis


To learn more about our surgeon and the HF10 device, visit Dr. James St Louis’ bio or To to find out if you may be a candidate please call 800-400-7762

About PPOA:

Physician Partners of America (PPOA) is a national healthcare organization focused on strengthening the doctor-patient relationship, improving patient outcomes and leading the fight against the opioid crisis. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Tampa, Fla., PPOA and its affiliates share a common vision of ensuring the wellbeing of patients through interventional and minimally invasive treatments, pain management and laser spine procedures. Its model allows its physician partners to focus on caring for patients in the face of increasingly complex administrative requirements. For more information about Physician Partners of America, visit

Dr. James St. Louis PPOA

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