Spinal cord stimulation offers more relief than any other form of treatment

Spinal cord stimulation is gaining importance as a treatment for complex regional pain syndrome also known as CRPS. CRPS is defined as severe pain arising from pinched nerves causing an adverse reaction in the central nervous system. Spinal cord stimulation performs with leading the central nervous system to low levels of electrical current which masks the pain

Spinal Cord Stimulation procedure at The Pain Management Institute

Spinal cord stimulation is performed by an Electrotherapy device which is invasively placed into the patient’s body. The surgery to place the stimulation device often takes on average one to two hours and the patients are given local anesthesia for the process. Dr Zaki Anwar, Anesthesiologist and Pain Management specialist make a small incision either on the abdomen or buttocks and then implants the device inside the body. The device is connected with wires that transfers the signal from the device straight to the spinal cord. The wires are implanted making a small cut on the spine and connect to the device. The spinal cord stimulator is governed by a hand held remote by the patients to start electronic stimulation when required

When to consider spinal cord stimulation

Not all the patients who endure CRPS likely to benefit from spinal cord stimulation. Before placing a permanent device, it’s the practice of Dr. Zaki Anwar, MD to test with a temporary device in slightly invasive procedure. The temporary device also acts as permanent stimulator and the patients will be asked to tell the degree of pain that is experienced. If the patients experience a potential reduction in pain, Dr Zaki Anwar, MD may recommend spinal cord stimulation for permanent basis

Advantages of spinal cord stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation generally offers more relief than any other form of treatment for CRPS, the treatment aims the central nervous, so the pain is restricted from reaching the central nervous system, rather than stopping the pain at origin. As much of the pain experienced by CRPS patients arise from the disorders within the central nervous system. This procedure is proven for pain relief than any other methods

Risks and complications

Risks following surgery to implant a spinal cord stimulation device include:

  • Infection
  • Reactions to anesthesia
  • Rejection of the device by the body
  • Paralysis caused by spinal cord trauma
  • Machine malfunction
  • Pain at the site of the device or wires
  • Allergic reactions to the device or materials used during surgery
  • Battery failure or leakage

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