Spinal Cord Stimulators
What is it?
This is a technique that is used for patients with chronic pain, specifically nerve pain. Oftentimes, this pain has not responded to other more conservative treatments.
How it is performed
Using X-ray guidance, a lead is implanted in the epidural space, a space close to but outside of the spinal cord. The lead stimulates sensory fibers that override the painful signals that are coming in from the affected part, resulting in less perception of the pain.
What patients are candidates?
Candidates who have chronic pain after back surgery, or from CRPS, diabetic neuropathy, arachnoiditis, or post-herpetic neuralgia.
How long does the procedure?
Two to three hours
Patients are asked to rest on the day of the procedure and resume activities as tolerated. Oftentimes patients notice a significant reduction in their pain.