Spinal Column Stimulator

The Spinal Column Stimulator is a device that allows for electrical stimulation of the spinal cord in an effort to relieve pain. Stimulation in this area interferes with the conduction of pain impulses through adjacent sensory pathways. The technique does not alter the underlying pathological process. However, in carefully selective patients with persistent, intractable pain of nerve origin, roughly half realize pain relief, thereby decreasing the need for analgesic medication and, at times, obviating the need for further procedures.

The system consists of stimulation leads which deliver electrical stimulation to the spinal cord; an extension wire which conducts electrical pulses from the power source to the lead; and a power source which generates electrical pulses. One or more epidural electrodes are inserted into the spinal canal over the dorsal aspect of the spinal cord. The locus of the electrode placement – cervical, thoracic or lumbar – is dependent on the location of the patient’s pain.

A Spinal Column Stimulator is a reversible therapy that can be tested for pain relief effectiveness before the patient receives a permanent implant. The procedure is performed in two stages. First, during the trial stage, the electrode is implanted, with a wire located outside of the body. The trial usually lasts from three to five days and, if successful in relieving pain, permanent placement is performed. The procedures are generally safe but, on occasion, local or epidural infection occurs.

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