Kellogg Brain and Spine
Spinal Disorders & Neurosurgeon located in Portland, OR & Wilsonville, OR
About 50 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain, and many may struggle to find an effective treatment to relieve their discomfort. The spinal cord stimulator is a device that may provide pain relief for patients suffering from chronic pain. Board-certified neurosurgeon Jordi X. Kellogg, MD, and the team at Kellogg Brain and Spine offer spinal cord stimulator placement. To learn more about the device and how it may help your pain condition, call the office in Portland or Wilsonville, Oregon, or book an appointment online today.
Spinal Cord Stimulator Q & A
What is a spinal cord stimulator?
The spinal cord stimulator is an electronic device that helps relieve chronic pain. It sends low electrical currents through wires placed near your spinal cord, disrupting the pain signal to alleviate the discomfort.
The team at Kellogg Brain and Spine use the Senza® Omnia™ spinal cord stimulation system by Nevro, which delivers the proprietary HF10® therapy for maximum pain relief.
Am I a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator?
The spine surgery experts at Kellogg Brain and Spine conduct comprehensive evaluations to find the best treatment to manage your chronic pain.
A spinal cord stimulator can alleviate pain associated with many chronic pain conditions, including:
- Chronic back pain
- Chronic leg pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Spinal cord injuries
- Post-surgical pain
The team may consider you a candidate for a spinal cord stimulator if you suffer from a chronic pain condition, medical treatments fail to alleviate your pain, or you’re not a candidate for surgery.
You may not be a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator if you have a psychiatric condition that may affect the device’s pain-relieving benefits.
How is the spinal cord stimulator placed?
Before placement of your spinal cord stimulator, the team at Kellogg Brain and Spine runs a trial of the device. During the trial, your surgeon places the wires in the area of your spinal cord where you feel the pain. He connects the wires to a spinal cord stimulator device that you wear on your waist.
Your surgeon requests that you document your pain during the trial run. If you experience significant pain relief during the trial, you may proceed with the surgical placement of the spinal cord stimulator.
During the procedure, your surgeon positions the wires on the spinal cord using a needle and anchors them in place with sutures. Your surgeon then places the spinal cord stimulator device under your skin along your lower abdomen or buttocks.
The team recommends activity modification for one to two weeks after the placement of the device.
Most patients experience a 50% or greater improvement in pain after the placement of their spinal cord stimulator.
If needed, the team can remove your spinal cord stimulator.
To learn more about the spinal cord stimulator, call Kellogg Brain and Spine or book an appointment online today.