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1. WO2011002913 - IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE CONNECTOR

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Claims

What is claimed is:

1. A connector assembly for removably attaching a plurality of leads to an implantable medical device, comprising:

a connector block housing having a first end and a second end; and a first least lead insertion lumen extending through said connector block housing from said first end to said second end and providing two points of entry through said connector block housing and into said first lead insertion lumen, said first lead insertion lumen further comprising a plurality of electrical contacts disposed within said first lead insertion lumen and configured to direct an electrical pulse from a pulse generator assembly to a lead positioned within said first lead insertion lumen. 2. The connector assembly of claim 1, said connector block housing further comprising a lower casing and an upper casing removably attached to said lower casing.

3. The connector assembly of claim 2, said connector block further comprising an adapter positioned between said lower casing and said upper casing and having an adapter lead insertion lumen extending into said adapter, said adapter lead insertion lumen further comprising a plurality of electrical contacts disposed within said adapter lead insertion lumen and in electrical communication with at least some of said electrical contacts within said first lead insertion lumen.

4. The connector assembly of claim 3, further comprising at least one lead segment electrically communicating a portion of said electrical contacts within said first lead insertion lumen with a first portion of said electrical contacts disposed within said adapter lead insertion lumen.

5. The connector assembly of claim 4, further comprising:

a second lead insertion lumen extending through said connector block housing from said first end to said second end, said second insertion lumen further comprising a second plurality of electrical contacts disposed within said second lead insertion lumen; and

a second lead segment electrically communicating a portion of said electrical contacts within said second lead insertion lumen with a second portion of said electrical contacts disposed within said adapter lead insertion lumen.

6. The connector assembly of claim 3, said adapter further comprising at least a first plurality of adapter contacts configured to engage with a portion of said electrical contacts within said first lead insertion lumen so as to electrically communicate said portion of said electrical contacts within said first lead insertion lumen with a first portion of said electrical contacts disposed within said adapter lead insertion lumen. 7. The connector assembly of claim 6, further comprising:

a second lead insertion lumen extending through said connector block housing from said first end to said second end, said second insertion lumen further comprising a second plurality of electrical contacts disposed within said second lead insertion lumen; and

a second plurality of adapter contacts configured to engage with a portion of said electrical contacts within said second lead insertion lumen so as to electrically communicate said portion of said electrical contacts within said second lead insertion lumen with a second portion of said electrical contacts disposed within said adapter lead insertion lumen.

8. The connector assembly of claim 1, said first lead insertion lumen defining a first opening within said first end of said connector block and a second opening within said second end of said connector block.

9. The connector assembly of claim 8, wherein each of said first and second openings are configured to receive a proximal end of a lead.

10. The connector assembly of claim 1, wherein said connector block housing is attached to and hermetically sealed with a pulse generator assembly housing containing a pulse generator assembly.

11. The connector assembly of claim 10, wherein said pulse generator assembly is programmable to direct a first electrical pulse to a first plurality of electrical contacts within said first lead insertion lumen, and to direct a second electrical pulse to a second plurality of electrical contacts within said first lead insertion lumen.

12. The connector assembly of claim 11, wherein said first plurality of electrical contacts are configured to transfer said first electrical signal to a first lead positioned within said first lead insertion lumen, and said second plurality of electrical contacts are configured to transfer said second electrical signal to a second lead positioned within said first lead insertion lumen.

13. The connector assembly of claim 1, wherein said connector block housing is remotely connected to a pulse generator assembly housing containing a pulse generator assembly.

14. The connector assembly of claim 13, wherein said pulse generator assembly is programmable to direct a first electrical pulse to a first plurality of electrical contacts within said first lead insertion lumen, and to direct a second electrical pulse to a second plurality of electrical contacts within said first lead insertion lumen.

15. The connector assembly of claim 14, wherein said first plurality of electrical contacts are configured to transfer said first electrical signal to a first lead positioned within said first lead insertion lumen, and said second plurality of electrical contacts are configured to transfer said second electrical signal to a second lead positioned within said first lead insertion lumen.

16. The connector assembly of claim 13, wherein said connector block housing is in electrical connection with said pulse generator assembly housing through at least one electrical interconnect cable.

17. The connector assembly of claim 16, wherein said electrical interconnect cable terminates at one end within said pulse generator assembly housing.

18. The connector assembly of claim 16, wherein said electrical interconnect cable terminates at one end in a lead configured for insertion into a lead connector port of said pulse generator assembly housing.

19. The connector assembly of claim 1, further comprising a removable plug positioned within at least one of said points of entry.

20. The connector assembly of claim 1, further comprising an adapter having a first end and a second end opposite said first end, said first end comprising a female electrical connector having N-number of contacts, and said second end comprising X number of male electrical connectors each having M-number of contacts, where X=NZM.