Spinal cord stimulation is basically a treatment for pain that uses a mid electric current to block nerve impulse in the spine. For the treatment a spinal cord stimulator is placed under your skin to send a mild electric current to the spinal cord.
How is it performed?
In spinal cord stimulation implant, with the help of a needle, soft thin wires with electrical leads on their tips are placed near the body’s spinal column. The leads are placed through a needle at the back. Then a small incision is made and a tiny programmable generator is placed in the upper buttock or abdomen, through which electrical currents are emitted to the spinal column.
Who are the candidates?
This procedure is not for patients who are going through inflammatory disc pain. However, those who are facing neuropathic pain; burning, stabbing or tingling pain, precisely after previous back or leg surgery and also Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy are eligible candidates for Spinal cord Stimulation.
How long it takes?
This procedure takes about 2 to 3 hours.
After the procedure, patients experience pain for few days. Hence a patient should spend this period very carefully thereby avoiding lifting, bending, stretching and twisting. However light exercise can be done to build strength and relieve pain.
After the treatment, pain is remarkably reduced from severe to only a tingling sensation. In a three to five day trial, approximately 50 % patients are satisfied with the outcome and the amount of pain relief.