Newport Beach Spinal Cord Stimulator Treatment
An Implant That Blocks Pain Signals
In spinal cord stimulation, a small implant device is placed near the spinal cord to block pain signals. With this treatment, more than 70% of patients report good to excellent pain relief, depending on underlying conditions.
Benefits of Spinal Cord Stimulator Treatment
Spinal cord stimulator (SCS) treatment offers several benefits for individuals dealing with chronic pain, particularly in the back or limbs:
Pain Relief: SCS provides targeted pain relief by interrupting pain signals to the brain, offering relief from chronic pain conditions.
Minimally Invasive: The implantation procedure is minimally invasive, reducing recovery time and complications compared to more invasive surgeries.
Non-Pharmacological: SCS is a non-pharmacological approach, avoiding the potential side effects and dependency issues associated with long-term medication use.
Customizable Therapy: The device is adjustable, allowing customization of stimulation settings to suit individual pain patterns and preferences.
Improved Functionality: Many individuals experience improved functional abilities and increased activity levels with reduced pain, enhancing overall quality of life.
Reduced Medication Dependency: SCS can lead to a reduction in the need for pain medications, addressing concerns related to medication side effects and addiction.
Reversible Option: If needed, the SCS device can be removed, providing a reversible treatment option.
Management of Neuropathic Pain: SCS is particularly effective in managing neuropathic pain conditions, such as failed back surgery syndrome or complex regional pain syndrome.
Enhanced Sleep: By alleviating chronic pain, SCS may contribute to improved sleep quality, positively impacting overall well-being.
While spinal cord stimulator treatment is not suitable for everyone, it can be a valuable option for individuals seeking alternative solutions for chronic pain management. Consultation with our Newport Beach pain management specialist can help determine the appropriateness of spinal cord stimulator treatment based on individual circumstances.
Determining Your Pain Type
Prior to trying the spinal cord stimulator at Regenerative Institute of Newport Beach as a treatment, a careful analysis of the patient’s pain type is essential. First, the patient may undergo a test called an EMG/nerve conduction study. In this procedure, the doctor gently stimulates nerves in order to measure the speed of the body’s nerve signals.
Conditions that respond best to this treatment include:
- Neuropathies – a collection of disorders resulting from damaged nerves
- Post-traumatic neuritis – nerve pain after an injury, surgery, injections, or other medical procedures
- Complex Regional pain syndrome – chronic pain after surgery or injury
- Herpetic neuralgia – pain, headaches, and nerve problems resulting as complications from shingles, a type of syndrome caused by the chicken pox virus
The Implant Procedure
The spinal cord stimulator has two main components: a special catheter and a battery-powered electric pulse generator.
The device is inserted in two stages. The first is the trial phase, generally performed under local anesthesia. This gives the patient the opportunity to try out the device for a week or more and make sure it produces the desired results.
If successful, a permanent device similar to a pacemaker is implanted under the skin, this time using conscious sedation. The patient uses a small external controller device about the size of a cell phone to program and operate the device. Once implanted, the device should start providing pain relief by overriding the painful nerves, allowing you to enjoy a higher quality of life.
Our physician will thoroughly assess your condition before performing spinal cord stimulation. Work one-on-one with the skilled team at Regenerative Institute of Newport Beach by calling (949) 301-8683.
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