Spinal Cord Stimulators

Summary of Procedure: Spinal Cord Stimulator

Spinal cord stimulation sends electrical pulses to the nerves or spinal cord to interrupt pain signals. It can be used to improve inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and overall back pain.

First, a temporary electrode is inserted into the skin. The electrode is connected to a stimulator, which the patient can turn on and off. The stimulator is also implanted under the skin, inserted into the spinal cord or connected to nerves.

The stimulator is implanted during an outpatient setting. The physician will perform a trial run to evaluate different pulse strengths and their effects on the patient’s pain. The patient will experience a temporary tingling sensation from the electrical stimulation, which will wear off in minutes.

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What to Expect Post-Procedure of a Spinal Cord Stimulator

This is a minimally invasive procedure, requiring only a small incision. Patients are instructed to keep the incision clean and dry until fully healed. If there is any redness, drainage, or if the area around the incision feels hot, you need to call your physician as soon as possible. This can indicate an infection at the incision and must be treated quickly.

If you’re interested in learning more about a spinal cord stimulator and want to know if it’s right for you, call Carolina Spine and Pain Centers today. We have several offices located throughout South Carolina. Get in touch with us by calling 864-535-0144 or by filling out an appointment request form on our contact page.

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