This is a device that uses electrical impulses to block pain from being recognized in the brain. Instead of pain, the patient feels a more pleasant tingling sensation. The goal is to lower the level of pain while improving the quality of daily living.
To determine if this treatment would improve the pain, a trial of the device is first performed. This is an outpatient surgical procedure to temporarily place a stimulator wire in the area of your pain. At the end of the trial period, the patient determines if the relief from the device is sufficient to relieve the pain. If the patient has good relief, the wire and pulse generator are implanted. The placement of the device allows patients to improve their quality of life while enjoying a reduction in their pain.