If you suffer from pain that is not responding to regular care, your doctor may recommend a spinal cord stimulation implant. For this procedure, your doctor will implant electronic leads into your spine in order to provide direct electric stimulation to the affected nerves, disrupting pain signals from your limbs and spine from being sent to your brain. This provides long-term pain relief to a wide variety of painful conditions that either are not responding to other kinds of care or is used as an alternative to more complex corrective surgery.
Before installing a permanent implant, your doctor will first put trial electrodes with an external power source to determine if the implant will work for your pain. After numbing the area, they will place one or two lead electrodes under x-ray guidance through the space between the spinal bone and nerves, called the epidural space. This temporary electrode is left in for a week to monitor its effectiveness and the body’s tolerance to it. Once the trial has shown to be effective, the doctor will put permanent electrodes into the same area, then connect them to a small battery that is implanted surgically. Depending on the battery type, it may or may not need to be replaced once depleted. Previously, the device would cause a tingling sensation over the affected pain areas, but newer technology now allows for the elimination of your pain without this tingling sensation.
This procedure is considered to be safe and mildly invasive, with risks including bleeding, infection, possible nerve damage, and the electrodes moving out of position. This procedure can bring significant and permanent pain relief to chronic pain conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome, sciatica, or failed back surgery syndrome. Our double board-certified physicians are dedicated to exploring all options that will bring you lasting pain relief and improve your quality of life. Contact us today to find out more!
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We are double board-certified in pain management and specialize in spinal and neuromuscular pain conditions. Beyond providing safe and appropriate medication management options,We are highly-skilled experts in non-surgical interventions, using state-of-the art treatments to relieve pain and improve function.
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