Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant

This procedure uses electrical impulses to prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. Patients suffering from neuropathic pain who have not had any success with conservative treatments would benefit most from spinal cord stimulation for relief of chronic pain in areas like the arm, legs, and back. The treatment begins with anesthetic and insertion of an insulated wire into the epidural space. The wire is used to create electrical pulses using electrodes to stop communication between nerves and the brain. The patient and physician will work together to discover the best point of placement for these stimulators. Leads are connected to an external trial simulator for about a week to see if spinal cord stimulation is right for the patient. If the pain is significantly relieved, the physician will implant a permanent system and remove the leads. The patient can choose to be sedated while permanent implamation is performed. The physician will insert permanent leads into the epidural space through a small incision. Another incision is made to position the implantable pulse generator battery under the skin in either the buttocks or abdomen. The leads are then connected to the IPG battery and an external wireless programmer is used to control the electrical pulses of the implant. The patient can turn this on or off as well as adjust levels and switched to different programs. Minor feelings of discomfort may be felt a few days after the procedure.

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