Spinal Cord

Stimulators

Procedure Description

Spinal cord stimulators involve implanting a neurostimulation device that assists in interrupting nerve-related pain signals before your brain can register the sensation of pain.

With spinal cord stimulators, they’re usually recommended for patients who have undergone spinal surgery and are sadly still experiencing symptoms. this is usually often cited as Failed Back Surgery Syndrome or FBSS. There are different types of spinal cord stimulators offered and as such, it’s necessary to ask your supplier what choices are offered as well as what the pros and cons of each can be.

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When to Consider

As previously mentioned, spinal cord stimulators are typically reserved just for patients who have had unsuccessful conservative measures and have additionally failed to get any relief from subsequent back surgeries. In several cases, if not for spinal cord stimulators, these patients would be referred to pain management and may often end up on long-term narcotic medical aid. As a method to avoid the extremely addictive power of narcotic pain medication, spinal cord stimulators may be thought of and often produce favorable outcomes which will enhance a patients quality of life.

Recovery from spinal cord stimulator implants

Spinal cord stimulators are generally done with a trial period. during the trial period the patient is able to judge the extent of relief and if it’s satisfactory than the supplier will move forward with permanent implantation. the great news with spinal cord stimulators is that in most cases permanent is a relative term because of the permanence at the discretion of the patient. In alternative words, the implant may be removed at a later time if the relief is no longer satisfactory. The implant procedure itself usually takes one or two hours and is typically done in an outpatient ambulatory setting where the patient will go home the same day as the procedure.

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