Having chronic pain can compromise your quality of life, making you less active and feeling depressed. But thanks to a surgery known as Neurostimulation, you don’t have to continue to suffer. If you struggle each day with persistent pain, here’s what you need to know about neurostimulation and how it can help you.
What is Neurostimulation?
Neorostimulation, which is performed in a hospital setting and done by a pain management specialist, is a procedure for controlling chronic pain. Also known as spinal cord stimulation (SCS), this surgery can help people suffering from pounding, constant pain caused by conditions such as sciatica, chronic back and leg pain, neuropathy or complex regional pain syndrome.
How Does Neurostimulation Work?
It works by modifying pain messages before they get to a patient’s brain. It’s somewhat like massaging a sore toe after stubbing it. In other words, neurostimulation masks pain and produce a tingling sensation from the neurostimulation system.
This is done by a pain specialist implanting a small system into a patient’s body. By turning the system on, mild pulses are delivered to spinal cord nerves, replacing painful feelings with a different sensation that is not painful.
How Do You Know If You Need This Surgery
If you battle chronic neck, back leg or arm pain for six months or longer, you may be a good candidate for this procedure. Nevertheless, you still need to visit a pain management specialist to see if you should have the surgery.
People who are suitable candidates typically have neuropathic pain, characterized by tingling, burning or numbness that hasn’t been effectively treated by taking pain killers, physical therapy, nerve blocks, TENS or even surgery.
Benefits of Neurostimulation
There are several advantages to having this surgery, such as
- Reduced pain—Most people have a pain reduction of 50 percent or more.
- Not having to take as much oral pain killers
- Less side effects from oral medications
- Enjoying a better quality of life quality
- Becoming more active
- You’ll be given local anesthesia for the procedure. Although you may have a bit of discomfort during the surgery and at the incision site, after the anesthesia has worn off, it’s only temporary.
- By using a handheld programmer, you can adjust the amount of stimulation. For example, different stimulation levels are needed for various activities during the day, such as sitting, walking or sleeping.
- Neurostimualtion is reversible as your doctor can turn off the system or even remove it.
- The neurostimulation system is noiseless. What’s more, it typically isn’t visible through clothing, but you may be able to feel it as a tiny bump underneath your skin.
Neurostimulation doesn’t cure the source of your pain, but it’s a treatment for masking pain.
You don’t have to settle for chronic pain. To learn more about this procedure, call OCP Medical Center. We’re based in Dubai and Ajman, United Arab Emirates and focus on pain management and plastic surgery. Please contact us to find out more about our services.