Spinal cord stimulators have remained an effective way to manage chronic pain for many individuals for over 50 years. At North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center in Rowlett and Sherman, Texas, Robert Nocerini, MD, Sreenadha Vattam, MD, and their team implant spinal cord stimulators to help patients manage conditions like chronic back pain and neuropathy. To schedule a consultation, call either office or request an appointment online today.
A spinal cord stimulator is an implanted device that can curb pain signals from your nerves so they don’t reach your brain. The device emits low-level electricity through electrodes and into your spinal cord. A remote control allows you to activate the device whenever you feel pain.
Your provider teaches you to use your remote control to increase or decrease stimulation, turn the device on and off, and target various areas depending on your needs.
Getting a spinal cord stimulator at North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center involves two procedures: a trial and then official implantation.
During the trial, you use a temporary device with a generator outside your body. Your provider inserts the electrodes through a small incision in your back. After about a week, you decide whether the spinal cord stimulator is an effective treatment for your pain.
If successful, your provider implants the permanent device with a generator under your skin. The electrodes are stabilized with sutures, which isn’t the case with the trial device.
Spinal cord stimulation is an effective treatment for controlling numerous types of chronic pain. North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center frequently places spinal cord stimulators to manage pain from:
The team considers your spinal cord stimulation treatment to be effective if it reduces your pain by at least 50%, reduces your need for medication by at least 50%, or improves your level of functioning by at least 50%.
A spinal cord stimulator can greatly improve your functioning and mobility, so generally, it makes life easier. However, there are a few extra precautions to take and other considerations.
You need to power the device off before driving or operating other heavy machinery. You can safely get X-rays and CT scans after powering off your device, but you shouldn’t get an MRI scan with certain types of spinal cord stimulators. Your provider lets you know which type you have and what precautions are needed.
You receive an identification card from North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center that you should carry with you at all times. Since the stimulator can set off airport security scanners, it’s especially important for you to bring your card with you while traveling.
If you live with chronic pain, a spinal cord stimulator may ease your pain significantly. Request an appointment over the phone or online for a consultation at North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center today.