About The Procedure
A spinal cord stimulator is a small device with electrodes that is implanted under the skin and uses electrical nerve stimulation to create a tingling feeling which dissipates in moments and simultaneously interrupts the pain signals from being transmitted to the brain. The patient can turn the stimulator on and off or increase and decrease the stimulation as needed. This type of pain therapy is used to improve back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), nerve pain, and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
A trail run is required to determine the efficacy of the spinal cord stimulation before the permanent device is implanted. Both the trail and actual implantation are outpatient procedures and will only leave a small incision.
Under the direction of the prescribing physician, you will be required to stop any blood thinners and/or anti-inflammatories prior to the procedure. You may also be asked to fast a minimum of 4 hours before your scheduled procedure time. Please shower and maintain good hygiene directly before and after the procedure to reduce chances of an infection developing.
- Plavix: Stop 7 days prior – Restart 24 hours after
- Aspirin: Stop 6 Days prior - Restart 24 hours after
- NSAID’s: Stop 2 days prior – Restart 24 hours after
- Eliquis: Stop 3 days prior – Restart 24 hours after
The patient should keep the incision area clean and dry to promote healing. Your doctor and a representative from the spinal cord stimulator company will remain in contact with you to answer any questions or concerns in the days and weeks following implantation.