Dorsal column stimulator

With dorsal column stimulation, electricity is delivered through an electrode that has been implanted into your spinal cord. This treatment is used to relieve chronic back pain that has not been helped by other methods. Many patients are able to decrease or stop taking pain medications after undergoing spinal cord stimulation.

The process works by applying an electrical current to the source of the pain. It creates a pleasant sensation that blocks the brain’s ability to sense the pain.

The procedure includes placing small wires with electrical leads through a needle into your back. A tiny generator is placed through a small incision in your abdomen or upper buttock. The generator can be programmed like a remote control to adjust the amount and area of electrical stimulation that is delivered. Once your doctor does the initial programming, you can control and adjust it on your own to treat your pain.

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