Spinal cord stimulator implantation NYC for Chronic Pain.
Spinal cord stimulation is a safe and effective method of blocking chronic spinal pain that uses low voltage electrical currents to stimulate the spinal nerves. It helps patients to better manage their pain and decrease the use of pain medication. It is an option for patients who have chronic leg or arm pain, failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, and other severe nerve-related pain or numbness.
How Spinal Cord Stimulation Works
A small battery-powered spinal cord stimulator is implanted in the body to transmit an electrical current to the spinal cord. A trial stimulator used percutaneously (through the skin) may be done to give the treatment a trial run. If patient response is successful, a ‘permanent’ stimulator may be implanted under the skin of the abdomen, with the small, coated wires (leads) inserted under the skin to the point where they are placed into the spinal canal.
After the procedure, the patient and the doctor determine the best pulse strength to be applied. The patient is instructed on how to use the stimulator at home, which usually consists of stimulation for 1 to 2 hours, 3 to 4 times a day. Spinal cord stimulation creates a tingling feeling, which blocks the pain signals to the brain. The goal of treatment is a 50-70% reduction in pain. Patients benefit even with incomplete removal of pain, which allow them to resume normal activities and undergo rehabilitation or physical therapy while healing takes place.
General Procedure – Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant Procedure
Implantation of a spinal cord stimulator is an outpatient procedure performed by a qualified Chronic Pain Specialist who is an expert with the treatment. The patient is initially briefed about the procedure and prepared beforehand so that he is relaxed. He may be lightly sedated or placed under general anesthesia during the procedure.
The patient is placed lying on his side or on his stomach on the operative table. The areas of your back and abdomen where the leads and the generator are to be placed are shaved and sterilized. Local anesthetic is injected where incisions are to be made to numb the area.
The placement of surgical leads is performed with x-ray guidance (fluoroscopy). A small skin incision is made in the middle of the back and the leads are inserted in the epidural space above the spinal cord using a small needle or through a small incision. The generator is usually implanted in the abdomen.
The patient is monitored in the recovery area after the procedure. Most patients are discharged on the same day, but some physicians request an overnight stay in the hospital. The pulse generator will be programmed before the patient leaves. He will receive instructions on how to care for the incision area and how to program and regulate the device.
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Spinal Cord Stimulation is a safe and effective means of treating chronic spinal pain that is unresponsive to other forms of treatment. If you want more information about treating chronic spinal pain, contact our Pain Management Specialist who will examine you and conduct tests to determine the cause of your pain. Make an appointment with the NYC’s top board-certified interventional pain management physician to know if Spinal Cord Stimulation is a treatment option for you.