For chronic pain coming from nerve injury (chronic neuropathic pain), spinal cord stimulation therapy is probably the best long term therapeutic option. It usually decreases or eliminates the need for chronic use of morphine-type, opioid medication.
For qualifying patients, the first step, and the most important, is a trial procedure. This is a simple, office-based procedure. The trial period lasts between 3-7 days.
If the trial is successful, a small permanent implant battery is placed under the skin during a short, outpatient, surgical procedure. No hospitalization is usually required.
Recent technological breakthroughs make possible the use of an external battery, eliminating the need for a surgical battery implant.
The most common conditions treated successfully with spinal cord stimulation are failed back surgery syndrome, chronic spinal nerve injuries (chronic radiculopathy), complex regional pain syndrome or reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
The last decade brought numerous technological advances in spinal cord stimulation. These made the therapy more helpful and more exciting, but also added more complexity in the choice of types of spinal cord stimulation. Let us guide through the appropriate decision-making process when you consider this therapy.
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