It is a breakthrough for those suffering from chronic back pain in Warwick, RI: a spinal implant that can totally stop the pain.
There is a darkness with chronic back pain no pills can cure.
Deanna Conley, lived in that darkness.
That’s how things were this Fall after nearly 40 years of x-rays, scans, 5 spinal fusion surgeries.
Her children had essentially “lost” the vivacious mother they knew.
She couldn’t stand at the sink to wash dishes. She couldn’t cook a whole meal and she loved having her kids over for dinner. But there is hope.
After more spinal injections a a pain psychologist spinal cord stimulator implant was suggested: insulated wire leads were inserted into the “epidural” space which surrounds the spinal cord; electrodes in the wire leads “pulse”; stimulate the nerves and block pain signals to the brain.
Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is a medical therapy for people who suffer from certain types of chronic pain in their back, legs and arms. SCS uses a small implanted device to generate tiny electrical pulses that replace the feeling of pain with a tingling or massaging sensation. These electrical impulses around the spinal cord can modify the way the brain receives pain signals.
The initial procedure is a one-week trial with the leads connected to an external stimulator. If there’s improvement, patients can get a permanent implant with a battery implanted under the skin toward the top of the buttocks.
The results have been mind-blowing.
The device can change lives. It gives people their life back.
There’s minimal maintenance and a wireless controller to adjust the impulses.
There’s a lot of data that suggests that at 5 years’ people are still doing great with these stimulators.
That epidural space is a sort of "safe zone.” The procedure is relatively low risk, even being so close to the spinal cord.
Most patients have seen remarkable results, in fact 84% of people who received the spinal cord stimulator reported that their quality of life was greatly improved and 83% decreased their use of pain medications.
For more information on spinal cord stimulation, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in Warwick, RI.
Source: Fox News