Implanting a new generation of spinal stimulators.
I have had the Advanced Neuromodulation System IPG (the internally-powered system) Spinal Cord Stimulator in place since April 2002 and have had a significant decrease in my pain.
For patients suffering intense pain that isn’t helped by the use of drugs or other treatments, a new device that can be surgically implanted near the spinal cord may offer relief.
Doctors have been implanting such spinal cord stimulators for years, but the new device has a unique feature — unlike most other metal devices, it can safely be used in an MRI machine...
This spinal cord implant is being heralded as the world's first permanent cure for constant pain. Although similar pain-dulling spinal devices have been around for three decades or so, this new "Saluda implant" is different in that it adjusts to administer the correct "dose" according to the pain impulses the body experiences at any moment.
Although spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is the most-established member of the family of therapies known as neuromodulation, its uses continue to evolve. Neurostimulation implantation technology will in the future be as frequent a modality as cardiac brady- and tachy-arrhythmia technology in modern medicine today.
Spinal cord stimulation has become a widely used and efficient alternative for the management of refractory chronic pain that is unresponsive to conservative therapies. Technological improvements have been considerable and the current neuromodulation devices are both extremely sophisticated and reliable in obtaining good results for various clinical situations of chronic pain, such as failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, ischemic and coronary artery disease.
For patients with chronic radicular pain, axial pain, and patients who are not candidates for surgery, spinal cord stimulation can be a safe and effective therapy, according to a panel discussion at the North American Spine Society's annual meeting.
Spinal-Cord Simulators Are Intended to Relieve Pain
For people with chronic pain, relief comes with a tradeoff. Bed rest means missing out on life. Drugs take the edge off, but they also dull the senses and the mind.
But there’s another potential option: implantable stimulators that blunt pain with electrical impulses. In this case, the tradeoff is living with a low-grade buzzing sensation in place of the pain.
The International Neuromodulation Society (INS) is a nonprofit group of clinicians, scientists and engineers dedicated to the scientific development and awareness of neuromodulation – the alteration of nerve activity through the delivery of electrical stimulation or chemical agents to targeted sites of the body.
Finding effective treatment for chronic pain especially chronic back and neck pain, can be challenging. When surgery or other treatments have been unsuccessful or are not an option, spinal cord stimulation or peripheral nerve field stimulation therapy may offer relief and improved daily functioning.