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Neuro Modulation

 

Learn more about spinal cord stimulation from the device maker : Medtronics

 

Stimulation does not eliminate the source of pain, it simply interferes with the signal to the brain, and so the amount of pain relief varies for each person. Also, some patients find the tingling sensation unpleasant. For these reasons a trial stimulation is performed before the device is permanently implanted. The goal for spinal cord stimulation is a 50-70% reduction in pain. However, even a small amount of pain reduction can be significant if it helps you to perform your daily activities with less pain and reduces the amount of pain medication you take. Stimulation does not work for everyone. If unsuccessful, the implant can be removed and does not damage the spinal cord or nerves.

 

There are many types of stimulation systems. The most common is an internal pulse generator with a battery. A SCS system consists of...

       An implantable pulse generator with battery that creates electrical pulses.

       A lead with a number of electrodes (4-16) that delivers electrical pulses to the spinal cord.

       An extension wire that connects the pulse generator to the lead.

       A hand-held remote control that turns the pulse generator on and off and adjusts the pulses.

The battery inside the pulse generator delivers low voltage and needs to be surgically replaced every 2 to 5 years if it is a standard battery. Rechargeable battery systems may last up to 10 years, depending on usage. Your doctor will select the best type of system for you during the trial stimulation.

 

The pulse generator is programmable by the doctor and has three settings:

Frequency (rate): number of times stimulation is delivered per second. Too few results in no sensation. Too many results in a washboard or bumpy effect.

       Pulse width: determines size of area stimulation will cover.

       Pulse amplitude: determines threshold of perception to pain.

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Spinal cord stimulation uses low voltage stimulation of the spinal nerves to block the feeling of pain. It helps you to better manage your pain and potentially decrease the amount of pain medication. It may be an option if you have long-term (chronic) leg or arm pain, and have not found relief through traditional methods. A small battery-powered generator implanted in the body transmits an electrical current to your spinal cord. By interrupting pain signals, the procedure has shown success in returning some people to a more active lifestyle.