Spine Procedures
Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

The Peripheral Nerve Stimulation procedure utilizes the latest in advances electrotherapy to manage pain caused by nerves in the spine.

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Peripheral nerve stimulation is a procedure involving the placement of electrodes along the course of peripheral nerves to control and manage pain. This technique uses implanted electrodes to administer a weak electrical current to the nerve, delivering a pleasant tingling sensation to the injured area. By stimulating these nerves with a non-painful sensory pathway, the electrical current tricks the brain into reducing or even completely turning off the signals of pain, which in turn causes pain relief. Using this safe, efficient and effective way to treat chronic pain, many patients are even able to reduce or stop using their pain medications.

Before undergoing a peripheral nerve stimulation procedure, a patient completes a temporary trial. After applying local anesthetic and intravenous sedation, the doctor will place a stimulator lead along the painful nerves. After seven days of trial, if the patient reports a decreased level of pain, the doctor can then place a permanent electrode and battery.

The first step of this minimally invasive AccuCision® Spine procedure involves using a small needle to place soft, thin wires under the skin with electrical leads on the tips of the wires. Next, the doctor makes a small incision and places a small battery under the skin. The leads are connected to the battery, and the device is turned on, releasing a weak electrical stimulation to the affected nerves and replacing the original pain with a subtle tingle.

Then entire minimally invasive AccuCision Spine procedure can be completed in under two hours, and is performed as an outpatient procedure. The stimulator lies under the skin and is not visible, and once in place, patients can resume all normal activities.

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