What is a Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?
Peripheral Nerve Stimulation is a procedure in which an insulated lead or wire with electrodes is placed next to a nerve that is causing pain and stimulates the nerve with extremely small amounts of electricity which can blunt/block pain signals from specific parts of the body. You will not feel any electrical sensation once the lead is placed. It is a procedure for those who have failed conservative and injection therapies and even surgery. Indications may include post-surgical pain, arthritis of large joints such as shoulders or knees, complex regional pain syndrome, neuropathic pain, etc. This procedure starts with a 5-10 day trial period at which time you will have the ability to “test drive” the device before deciding if the treatment is beneficial.
What are the pre-requisites in order to perform this procedure?
You may need to stop taking certain medications several days before the procedure, especially anticoagulant or “blood thinning” medications, as well as other prescription and/or over-the-counter medications, including herbal and vitamin supplements.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour with an average of about 30 min.