is Spinal Cord Stimulation?
In this procedure
one or two wires are placed into the epidural space to provide electrical
stimulation to the spinal cord. The electrical current interferes
with the transmission of pain. The stimulator is very effective
in treating extremity pain. The patient will have a remote control
to adjust the surgically implanted stimulator.
The wires and
the unit are surgically implanted; before this permanent procedure
a trial stimulator is placed. In the trial the wires are placed
through an incision and attached to an external power source that
the patient carries around on his or her belt. The patient then
returns to the office for a follow up visit in one or two weeks.
If the procedure was successful the Doctor will schedule the permanent
is safe. However, with any procedure there are risks, and or side
effects. The most common side effect of this procedure is a temporary
increase in pain. Fortunately the serious side effects are uncommon.
We usually recommend taking 2-3 days off of work after the procedure.
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