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Spine Surgery

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation is a treatment / therapy which masks pain signals before they reach the brain. A small device, identical to a pacemaker, is placed in the body to deliver electrical pulses to the spinal cord. It helps people better manage their chronic pain symptoms and reduce the use of opioid medications. It could be an option if you suffer chronic back, leg, or arm pain and have not found relief with other therapies / treatments.

What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

Spinal cord stimulator (SCS) is a device that is surgically implanted under your skin and sends or transmits a mild electric current to your spinal cord. The spinal cord stimulator device comprises of a pulse generator, there is a small wire which takes the current from a pulse generator to the nerve fiber of the spinal cord. After turning on, the Spinal cord stimulator (SCS) stimulates the nerves in the region where your pain is experienced.

Pain is decreased when the electrical pulses alter and masking the pain signal from reaching your brain. Stimulation does not remove the source of pain, it simply restricts the signal to the brain, and so the amount of pain relief differs for each person. Additionally, some patients find the tingling feeling unpleasant. For these reasons a trial stimulation is done before the device is permanently implanted or placed.

The objective for spinal cord stimulation is a 50 - 70 percent reduction in pain. Although, even a small amount of pain reduction could be important if it helps you to perform your daily activities with less pain and lowers the amount of pain medication you consume. Stimulation doesn’t work for everyone. If unsuccessful, the device implanted could be removed and does not damage the spinal cord or nerves.

Some Spinal cord stimulator (SCS) devices use a low frequency current / pulse to displace the pain feeling with a mild tingling sensation known as paraesthesia. Other Spinal cord stimulator (SCS) devices use high-frequency or burst pulses to mask the pain with no tingling sensation. A paraesthesia free setting is a choice on most devices.

Dr. David Masel is well versed in minimally invasive surgery techniques to treat neurological disorders affecting the spine. If you or anyone you know is suffering from spinal injuries or spinal cord disorders like:-

  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spina bifida occulta
  • Spine trauma
  • Spinal tumors

Please book an appointment with Dr. Masel, call +1(469) 833-2927 to schedule a consultation.