Benefits of a Spinal Cord Stimulator
Alleviates Chronic Neck, Back, Arm and Leg Pain
A spinal cord stimulator disrupts pain signals sent from the spinal cord to the brain. This dramatically decreases the intensity of your pain and provides you with long-term relief.
Reduces Need for Medications
By helping manage chronic pain, a spinal cord stimulator may reduce the need for opioid pain medications and other treatments.
Improves Ability to Function Day-to-Day
Spinal cord stimulation can significantly improve your ability to function day-to-day by lessening discomfort and helping you sleep.
How Does a Spinal Cord Stimulator Work?
A spinal cord stimulator is a small electrical device that is implanted in the body. Dr. Choi uses Abbot’s implant, an upgradeable and recharge-free system. Similar to how a cardiac pacemaker sends electrical impulses to the heart, the spinal cord stimulator delivers electric pulses to a specific point on the spinal cord. This disrupts the pain signals traveling from the spinal cord to the brain, which greatly reduces the intensity of your discomfort.
You’ll begin the process with a stimulator trial period, so that Dr. Choi can be certain the treatment will work for your pain. If the trial period is successful, he’ll implant your permanent spinal cord stimulator. After you receive local anesthesia and sedation, Dr. Choi will make a small incision in the middle of your back and insert and secure electrode leads in the epidural space. The stimulator battery will then be placed below your skin on your abdomen, along your belt line. Finally, the lead wires will be connected to the battery.
Today’s spinal cord stimulators offer personalized programming. Depending on the specific spinal cord stimulator used, the stimulator may adjust automatically based on your preferred settings or you’ll be able to adjust the stimulation and even target different areas of the body using a handheld remote, your cell phone or tablet.