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Spinal Cord Stimulator Specialist

Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute

Neurosurgeons located in Tulsa, Bartlesville, Sallisaw, Miami, & Claremore, OK

When chronic back pain from arthritis or spinal stenosis limits your abilities, you may be a candidate for treatment with a spinal cord stimulator. At Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute in Tulsa, Bartlesville, Sallisaw, Miami, and Claremore, Oklahoma, the skilled neurosurgeons implant a spinal cord stimulator that allows you to manage your chronic pain as needed. To learn more about the benefits of a spinal cord stimulator, contact Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute by calling the office nearest you today.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Q & A

What is a spinal cord stimulator?

A spinal cord stimulator is a device that delivers low-voltage currents of electricity into the epidural space of your spinal cord.

These electric currents interfere with the pain signals that travel from your spine to your brain in the treatment of chronic spine pain.

A spinal cord stimulator doesn’t cure the cause of your chronic pain, but it can help you better manage your pain so you can enjoy a high quality of life.

Am I a candidate for a spinal cord stimulator?

You may be a candidate for a spinal cord stimulator if you have a chronic pain condition that isn’t treatable with oral or injectable medications and physical therapy. Stimulation can treat pain that results from:

  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Failed back surgery
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

Spinal cord stimulation may also benefit other conditions. Your provider at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute can determine if a spinal cord stimulator is right for you after a review of your medical history and your current physical health.

What’s involved in spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation involves a minor surgery to place lead-wires into the epidural space of your spine. The wires connect to a small generator that delivers the electrical currents to disrupt your nerve signals.

The neurosurgeons at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute use minimally invasive techniques to create a pouch for the generator under the surface of the skin near your hip. Once the generator is in place, you can control the electrical impulses that go into your spine using an external remote.

Typically, you can expect to use the stimulator on a trial basis to ensure the treatment works well before your neurosurgeon implants the generator. Your provider teaches you how to use the stimulator to relieve pain.

When you no longer benefit from a spinal cord stimulator, your Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute surgeon can remove it during another minor surgery.

If you have chronic back pain, schedule a consultation at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute by phone to see if a spinal cord stimulator can work for you.