Neurostimulation Q & A
What is neurostimulation?
Neurostimulation delivers pain relief by disrupting the pain signals that run from the spinal cord to the brain. This implantable device is small, discreet, and effective at providing long-term pain relief.
Once Dr. Bux implants the device underneath your skin, it delivers impulses that prevent your chronic pain signals from sending pain information to your brain. You can control your levels of stimulation with a hand-held device.
Who can benefit from neurostimulation?
You could benefit from neurostimulation if you have chronic musculoskeletal pain that lasts longer than six months. Among the most common reasons to consider neurostimulation are:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Herniated discs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Pain after surgery
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
Spinal cord stimulation is most effective when treating pain in one specific region. However, it can also relieve more widespread pain.
What are the benefits of neurostimulation?
Neurostimulation is an effective treatment for many different types of pain. Its most important benefits are that the treatment is:
- Minimally invasive
- Outpatient procedure (no hospital stay)
- Short recovery time
Before implanting the device, Dr. Bux fits you for a trial stimulator that allows you to take the time to decide if you want to commit to an internal neurostimulator.
What happens during the neurostimulation procedure?
If you decide you want to pursue neurostimulation, you’ll return to Bux Pain Management for your procedure. After administering an anesthetic, Dr. Bux numbs the treatment area and makes a small incision in your back.
Using X-ray imaging (fluoroscopy), he guides the leads (wires) of the neurostimulator through the incision. The leads attach to your epidural space and to the external device. The stimulator, which begins working immediately after the procedure, is about the size of a pacemaker. It’s discreet and shouldn’t show through your clothes.
Once Dr. Bux sutures your incision and places a wound vac to prevent infection, you can return home to recover from the procedure.
Neurostimulation is a minimally invasive, long-term solution for chronic pain. To find out if neurostimulation is right for you, call Bux Pain Management today or schedule an appointment online.