Chronic pain is when the body continues to cause discomfort over a prolonged period. It can impact daily activities and cause significant discomfort. Even simple tasks such as bathing, dressing, and even working can be difficult. Chronic pain can lead to depression and dependence on pain medication if it isn’t treated.
Spinal Cord stimulation A non-surgical procedure that allows a surgeon to implant a device that sends low levels electricity into the spine cord to provide pain relief.
Spinal cord stimulation can increase quality of life by reducing pain and allowing patients the freedom to live an active lifestyle without the need for pain medication. This may be an option if other non-surgical options have failed to work.
How does Spinal Cord Stimulation work?
The surgeon inserts thin wires (electrodes), into a small battery pack (generator), similar to a pacemaker. The surgeon then places the electrodes between your spinal cord and vertebrae.
The generator is placed beneath the skin in either the abdomen or buttocks. The patient can use a remote control to send electric impulses when they feel pain.
Although the mechanism is still under investigation, it is thought that stimulation targets muscles around the spine and alters pain signals to brain.
Traditional stimulation replaces pain with a slight tingling sensation. Paresthesia is the name for this sensation. This sensation can be uncomfortable for some patients. Patients may now have devices that are more comfortable than the paresthesia.
Who are the Candidates for Spinal Cord Stimulation
As with all procedures, your surgeon will need to determine whether spinal cord stimulation is right for you. Before the procedure, patients are subject to imaging tests and medical screenings.
Patients who have never had relief from medications, physical therapy or any other procedures are the ones who will benefit most. A psychological screening may be necessary, as patients suffering from anxiety or depression can reduce the effectiveness of spinal Cord stimulation.
What is the Spinal Cord Stimulation Procedure?
The outpatient procedure of spinal cord stimulation takes approximately 1-2 hours.
A surgeon who has been trained in pain management intervention can place the device. The generator is placed under the skin and the sterile electrodes are then inserted through small incisions. Fluoroscopy is used by the surgeon to determine the location of the electrodes.
Local anesthesia is used by surgeons to minimize pain during surgery. Once the generator and electrodes are working, the surgeon will close incisions. Light sedation is provided for comfort in the recovery area.
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This article was written by a medical professional at Florida Medical Pain Management. Florida Medical Pain Management is proud to offer St Pete Pain Management to a diverse group of patients. Patients at Florida Medical Pain Management can get help managing hip, knee, leg, and neck pain. The practice also offers comprehensive arthritis management, along with treatments for auto accidents, sports, and work injuries.