Spinal Cord Stimulation in California
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Living with chronic pain can transform simple tasks, like grocery shopping or caring for loved ones, into daunting challenges. But there’s hope with spinal cord stimulation, a revolutionary procedure that uses electrodes to ease pain through electrical currents.
All About Spinal Cord Stimulation
What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Spinal Cord Stimulation is a breakthrough technology designed to ease your chronic pain swiftly. By sending electric currents along your spine, it blocks pain signals, offering relief where there was once only discomfort. It’s an FDA-approved solution especially for those battling leg or back pain.
Am I a Suitable Candidate?
During your consultation, we’ll assess if this treatment is right for you. You might be an ideal candidate if:
- Your pain isn’t linked to cancer
- It stems from arthritis or spinal disc issues
- Previous treatments haven’t worked for you
- You don’t have specific contraindications, like a pacemaker or significant psychiatric conditions
How is the Procedure Conducted?
The surgery, typically under 90 minutes, involves placing leads on your spinal canal, targeting your pain source. Performed under anesthesia, the device is usually positioned in the abdomen or buttocks. Post-surgery, you’ll be monitored before heading home with clear aftercare guidelines.
What’s Next After the Procedure?
Post-implantation, you’ll receive a pain pump and a controller, granting you control over the electrical settings. Think of it as a remote; adjust the settings using a special magnet for optimal comfort. If pain spikes, simply tweak the settings. Plus, these devices can even enhance your sleep quality!
When Can I Expect Relief?
Many patients feel a significant reduction in pain within three months post-surgery. Some even find immediate relief, while others might need a bit more time. Results do vary, but hope and comfort are on the horizon.