Spinal Cord Stimulation
A spinal cord stimulator is a device that reduces the patient’s perception of pain in a particular area. It is implanted under your skin so that a small wire can send a mild electrical current to your spinal cord. The electrical current reduces pain by interrupting the signal going to your brain. When it’s on, you typically feel a mild tingling where the pain comes from, but the pain itself is generally reduced by about 50%-90%.
While the pain isn’t completely gone, using a spinal cord stimulator allows you to continue your daily routine with minimal interruption and makes the recovery process much easier on you.
Trinity Orthopedics has been using these implants to help his patients for about a decade and has seen the technology evolve from being cumbersome and ineffective to it being extremely effective and easy to use, which is far more satisfying for patients.
Trinity Orthopedics is proud to provide spinal cord stimulation implants and services to patients living in Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Colleyville, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Keller, Roanoke, Trophy Club, Westlake, Argyle, and Saginaw.
Spinal Cord Stimulation FAQ
Who uses it?
People who have arm pain, back pain, or leg pain from any number of sources often use spinal cord stimulation. It is also commonly used after people who have had surgery on their back or neck and aren’t completely satisfied with the reduction of pain that resulted.
What are their symptoms?
Spinal cord stimulation is a good option for people who experience pain whether it is constant or on-and-off. It is also a good tool for people who experience numbness or tingling in their legs.
What is the procedure?
It comes in two parts. The first is a trial where the device is implanted temporarily and worn for about a week to see how they feel and how it works. If it works for them, the second part is the patient continuing to use it for as long as they need it, comfortable in the knowledge that it works.
How long can it be worn?
Ultimately, the spinal cord stimulator can be worn as long as the patient lives. The device is rechargeable and incredibly discreet. It can be used either continuously throughout the day or only when the pain is severe. There are no restrictions that would keep the patient from wearing it for as long as they like.
Why is sedation important?
Sedation is used in this procedure because it helps both the doctor and the patient. It keeps the patient still, which means the procedure is easier to perform, and makes it more comfortable for the patient. It also reduces anxiety and pain associated with the procedure.
What kind of relief can I expect?
Spinal cord stimulator patients usually get at least 50% of their pain relieved, but most patients feel a 90% reduction in their pain.