When chronic pain affects your life, but you can't find relief using other therapies, spinal cord stimulation could offer a solution. If you're struggling to manage chronic pain, the surgeons at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine are experts in performing spinal cord stimulator trials and implantation. The practice has nine locations in Colorado, including Lone Tree, Englewood, Castle Rock, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Springs, Parker, Yuma, and Lamar. To schedule a consultation, call CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine.
Spinal cord stimulation is a way of addressing treatment-resistant chronic back pain.
A spinal cord stimulator device consists of several electrodes and a small battery pack or generator. Your provider at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine places the electrodes in the epidural space between your spinal cord and the vertebrae that form your spinal column. The generator goes under the skin on your buttocks or abdomen.
You use a remote control to activate your spinal cord stimulator, which then sends electrical impulses that affect the pain signals traveling to your brain.
The way spinal cord stimulation works isn't completely clear, but it can change the way your brain senses pain.
Until recently, all spinal cord stimulators worked by replacing the sensation of pain with a tingling feeling called paresthesia. While many patients don't find this tingling a problem, others dislike it; however, newer devices feature a type of stimulation that you can't feel.
Spinal cord stimulation becomes an option when more conservative approaches aren't offering relief from chronic pain. Conditions for which you might require spinal cord stimulation include:
Your provider at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine takes you through a careful screening procedure before arranging a spinal cord stimulation trial to ensure you're suitable and there are no alternatives.
Before the full implantation, the team at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine conducts a spinal cord stimulator trial. In the test, you get a temporary device that allows you to see whether this type of treatment is effective for your pain.
The team uses fluoroscopy X-ray to fit the electrodes into your epidural space, checking with you to see which position provides optimal pain relief. You wear an external generator on a belt around your waist for the spinal cord stimulation trial, which lasts about a week.
If you find the spinal cord stimulator helpful in reducing pain, you can go ahead with full implantation. The operation is an outpatient procedure that takes between 1-2 hours and involves implanting the generator and permanent electrodes.
The incisions in your back should heal within 2-4 weeks following spinal cord stimulator implantation.
Find out whether spinal cord stimulation is the right option for your chronic pain by calling CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine to book an appointment.