Spinal Cord Stimulator
Video Animation of a Spinal Cord Stimulator
What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?
Electrical wires are inserted into the spinal canal, stimulating the spinal cord, which is the center for pain transmission. The spinal cord stimulator produces electrical impulses that interfere with the direct transmission of any pain signals traveling along the spinal cord to the brain. Painful spinal cord stimulation is then replaced with a more pleasing tingling sensation in the areas where pain is usually felt.
When are Spinal Cord Stimulator's Recommended?
A spinal cord stimulator is typically given to people whose previous spine surgery has failed, or who have pain caused by diabetic neuropathy or peripheral vascular diseases. A spine stimulator is also widely used for intractable angina in European countries, but not in the US.
What are the Advantages of a Spinal Cord Stimulator?
- Minimally invasive
- Short recovery
- High success rates
- Minimal to no blood loss
- Local anesthesia
- Same day, outpatient procedure
Conditions Commonly Treated With a Spinal Cord Stimulator
Spinal cord stimulation is often used to treat persistent or chronic lower back or neck pain caused by the following conditions:
- Failed spinal surgery
- Severe nerve-related pain or numbness
- Chronic pain syndromes, such as reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Note From Dr. Liu:
Before surgical spine treatment is considered, we will exhaust conservative, non-surgical spine treatment options first. Our advanced diagnostic and pain mapping techniques enable us to ensure precise diagnosis, which is one of the most important factors towards effective treatment of your pain.