Spinal Cord Stimulators
Spinal cord stimulation, also known as dorsal column stimulation, is a technology that can be used as a last resort to control chronic pain unresponsive to other measures. In this procedure, a very thin wire is passed to the outside of the spinal lining. Very low levels of electrical current are sent through this wire by a miniature generator controlled by the patient. The temporary procedure, or “trial,” is done in an operating room with anesthesia with a minimally invasive technique that does not require any incision. If successful in controlling an individual’s pain, a more permanent stimulator is surgically placed at a later date.
The science behind spinal cord stimulation has progressed rapidly over the past 30 years, and this procedure is now widely accepted as a treatment for many different types of pain syndromes. Some conditions that can be treated with this technology include failed back surgery, arthritic spinal pain, pinched nerves, spinal stenosis, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), peripheral vascular disease, and pain from chronic nerve damage.
DRG (Dorsal Root Ganglion) Stimulation is a related technology which is also performed by Pioneer physicians. In consultation, we can help determine whether either of these modalities are appropriate for your condition and which would be more effective.