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Are You Getting A Spinal Cord Stimulator Here Is What You Need to Know…

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A spinal cord stimulator is a small device implanted near the spine. It sends electrical currents to the spinal cord to help reduce pain. Medtronic and Abbott are two reliable brands offered to patients. If you are someone who is considering a spinal cord stimulator implantation, here is what you will need to know.

How Safe Are Spinal Cord Stimulators?

It is rather safe to have a spinal cord stimulator. They are small FDA approved devices and often do not cause issues. The doctor will only need to make a small incision to insert the stimulator. There is always a trial period that lasts at least five days. The purpose of the trial period is to test the device's effectiveness before being permanently implanted. There are common surgery risks that you may face. These include bleeding, clotting, and infections. Your doctor will be there to help you with any complications.

Are Spinal Cord Stimulators Effective?

Spinal cord stimulators are effective against chronic pain and many other painful medical conditions. Some medical conditions that can be treated with spinal cord stimulation are:

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Multiple Back Surgeries (Post-laminectomy syndrome)
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Epidural Fibrosis

Severe pain often makes daily activities hard to complete. Spinal cord stimulation greatly reduces much of that pain. Multiple studies have shown that spinal cord stimulators lessened a majority of patients' pain by 50-70%. You and your doctor can determine which spinal cord stimulator will be the best fit for you.

Spinal Cord Recovery

What is the Recovery for Spinal Cord Stimulator Surgery?

During recovery, your heart rate, blood pressure, and pain levels will be closely monitored. For two weeks, you will take prescribed narcotics to help lessen surgical pain. It is important to avoid bending or twisting to help with the healing process. You should also hold off on raising your arms overhead and do not sleep on your stomach. Be sure to continue regular activity gently, and you are encouraged to walk. After about ten days, the staples and sutures are removed.

How Do You Properly Care for a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

You will have a remote to turn your stimulator on and off. Here is what you should consider:

  • Be sure to turn your stimulator off before getting any X-rays or CT scans. Although they are safe, it is always a good idea to inform your doctor beforehand.
  • MRIs can cause problems if they are not compatible. Always tell your doctor about your stimulator before getting one.
  • Avoid getting your temporary stimulator wet, which means that you should keep away from bath and showers during the trial period.

Why Choose the Pain Center San Diego?

Our professionals at The Pain Center San Diego are dedicated to helping individuals relieve their pain. Our specialists will identify any underlying conditions and provide you with expert care. For a consultation, contact us today.

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