What is spinal cord stimulation, and how is it performed?
A spinal cord stimulator is an implantable pain relief device used for chronic neck or back pain as well as other neurological conditions that can cause chronic pain.
The device works by sending electrical impulses to the spinal cord that block nerve pain signals to the brain.
The blocking of these pain signals from the brain is what results in relief from pain. This procedure has been researched to be safe and effective in treating chronic back pain.
At OrthoNeuro, the spinal cord stimulator procedure consists of two parts:
1. The trial. An electrode is placed in the epidural space of the spine and impulses are sent while you provide pain relief feedback to determine if the electrode is in a perfect position.
Once the electrode is in place, you are able to return home the same day as your procedure.
Your OrthoNeuro Spine Specialist will ask you to monitor your pain levels for approximately one week.
2. Spinal cord stimulator implant. This procedure is also performed on an outpatient basis.
Two very tiny incisions are made on the lower back. Electrode wires are guided into the epidural space and perfectly placed. A small incision is made on the waistline and the stimulator is placed in a small pocket of skin.
The Board Certified Spine Specialists at OrthoNeuro are experts in Spinal Cord Stimulation procedures and have helped thousands of patients return to an active and healthy lifestyle following these procedures.
If you have been considering a spinal cord stimulator implant, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Spine Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of procedure is best for you.
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“I recently had surgery on my lower back. I had heard that such surgery would result in pain and cause me difficulties in doing ordinary daily tasks but, I experienced no pain and was able to do normal activities at home and at church. Also, being a bee keeper, I was able to work the hives and extract the honey from most of the hives”
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