Spinal Cord Stimulation
What Is Spinal Cord Stimulation?
In this therapy, the spinal cord pain is managed by sending electrical pulses directly to the affected area inhibiting the pain transmission. Spinal cord stimulation can be used to provide relief in conditions like complex regional pain syndrome, nerve pain, peripheral vascular disease, arachnoiditis, and brain inflammation. The spinal stimulator comprises electrodes that are inserted into the epidural space of the spine. These electrodes derive electrical power from a pacemaker styled device called the generator. This device is placed underneath the skin of your abdomen or buttocks through a minor incision. The patient can actually control the device through remote control.
At Dunes Pain Clinic, our physician will first counsel you about the procedure and a psychological screening might also be performed. Once this is done, the patient will then be made ready for inserting the device by sterilizing the procedure area and providing the necessary local anesthetic. The electrodes are then inserted into the spinal epidural space with the help of X-Ray fluoroscopy. Subsequently, a surgeon will implant the stimulator device underneath your skin which will be held in place with the help of sutures – the implantation is done in an outpatient setting.
Your feedback will be continuously taken during this entire procedure so as to determine the correct position of the electrode. This entire process might take 1 to 2 hours.
Through various trials, the Dunes Pain physician will then try to find out which pulse strength is the best pain reliever for the patient. You will experience a momentary tingling sensation once the pulse is applied.
Once the anesthesia effects subside, the patient is discharged. You might experience pain for a few days at the procedure site. The Dunes Pain specialist will recommend that you avoid stretching, twisting, or strenuous physical activities. After a few days, the bandage over the incision will be removed. The incisions take about 2 to 3 weeks to heal after the procedure, however, you should resume normal routine only when the physician allows you to.
Call Dunes Pain Specialists if you experience any adverse reactions like allergy, fever, swelling, or infection. We are always available for your support.