Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant
A spinal cord stimulator implant is a specific treatment that uses a specialized device in order to stimulate the spinal cord and any associated nerves. We typically recommend patients undergo a trial before the device is permanently implanted. As with the trial, the procedure is performed by implanting small electrical wire in the epidural space just behind and outside of the spinal cord. This minimally-invasive procedure has been proven to not only provide patients with pain relief, but help the physician understand what the root cause of the pain is. These implants are usually recommended for patients who have not responded to more conservative treatments and are suffering from chronic pain.
Unlike the trial, the long-term solution involves wires being permanently implanted into the body. If the trial provided the patient with adequate pain relief, the permanent system will be implanted. Keep in mind that although it is called permanent, spinal cord stimulator is a reversible therapy. Here at Crescent Pain Relief, it is our intention to help patients find relief from a wide range of conditions of the spine. We know just how stressful and all-consuming living with chronic pain can be. This is why we strive to offer a wide range of services and therapies that address these concerns.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant?
Individuals who suffer from chronic pain and have not had success with traditional forms of therapy may be a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator implant. As mentioned, we will start with a trial period, which will give us the information necessary to determine if a permanent implant would be beneficial.
If you are suffering from the following symptoms, a permanent spinal cord stimulator implant could be a great solution:
- Chronic back pain
- Pain that radiates throughout the body
- Tingling sensation
- Burning or shooting pain
About the Procedure
Prior to the procedure, the patient will be lightly sedated. If trial leads are present, they will be removed at this time. The patient will then be given a general anesthesia before the rest of the system is implanted. The location of where the wires are implanted will depend on what type of pain the patient is suffering from and what areas of the body will be most comfortable. In most cases, the patient will go home on the same day as the procedure. Before we send you on your way, we will provide you with instructions on how to care for the incision area and what to expect in the coming days and weeks.
This minimally-invasive procedure is highly effective and has helped countless individuals live a pain-free life. It is our goal to help you find the treatment options that work best for you and that will improve your overall quality of life. If you have undergone a spinal cord stimulator trial and would like to learn more about the permanent implant, please contact Crescent Pain Relief today.