What is a Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Spinal Cord Stimulation is a procedure in which an insulated lead or wire with electrodes is placed in the epidural space, much like having an epidural steroid injection, and stimulates the spinal cord with extremely small amounts of electricity which can blunt/block pain signals from various parts of the body. You will not feel any electrical sensation once the lead is placed correctly in the spine. It is a procedure for those who have failed conservative and injection therapies. Indications may include failed back or neck syndrome/post-laminectomy syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, neuropathic pain, diabetic neuropathy, 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.