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How well does a spinal cord stimulator work?

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Dr. David Bozak
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

They can work very well in the properly selected patient, who has failed most other conservative measures and doesn't have any psychosocial or secondary gain issues.
A trial is done first to make sure it helps before implanting one.

In brief: Depends

They can work very well in the properly selected patient, who has failed most other conservative measures and doesn't have any psychosocial or secondary gain issues.
A trial is done first to make sure it helps before implanting one.
Dr. David Bozak
Dr. David Bozak
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Dr. William Newton
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Changes the signals

The stimulator is placed in the epidural space and it sends an electrical impulse into the back portion of the spinal cord.
This is where pain signals are transmitted to the brain. This stimulation then changes the signal (neuromodulation) and the new impulse the brain receives results in a new sensation (numb/tingling) being felt where the pain normally is.

In brief: Changes the signals

The stimulator is placed in the epidural space and it sends an electrical impulse into the back portion of the spinal cord.
This is where pain signals are transmitted to the brain. This stimulation then changes the signal (neuromodulation) and the new impulse the brain receives results in a new sensation (numb/tingling) being felt where the pain normally is.
Dr. William Newton
Dr. William Newton
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Dr. Aaron Wolfson
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Need screening..

In general, most physicians will perform a trial implant of the spinal cord stimulator. This allows the patient to see how much pain relief they can achieve.
A trial is successful if the patient achieves 50% pain relief or greater. This criterion is different regionally. Some docs want to see a higher percentage at trial. Most folks get 40-60% relief. I have seen patients who report 100%.

In brief: Need screening..

In general, most physicians will perform a trial implant of the spinal cord stimulator. This allows the patient to see how much pain relief they can achieve.
A trial is successful if the patient achieves 50% pain relief or greater. This criterion is different regionally. Some docs want to see a higher percentage at trial. Most folks get 40-60% relief. I have seen patients who report 100%.
Dr. Aaron Wolfson
Dr. Aaron Wolfson
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