Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) is a pain management technique that uses electrodes on your peripheral nerves to control pain. Your peripheral nerves are part of your nervous system in your brain and spinal cord. These nerves can be damaged or injured by surgical procedures or traumatic injury. Sometimess after surgery, the nerves can be trapped in scar tissue and start to cause the patient pain. The electrodes placed on the nerves create a tingling sensation, which interrupts the pain signal being sent to the brain. The device that is used is safe and provides effective treatment of pain.

What Conditions Does PNS Treat?

The use of PNS has been successful in treating numerous painful nerve conditions. These include the following:

  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Post-amputation pain
  • Ilioinguinal/iliohypogastric neuropathy
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Post-thoracotomy syndrome
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Intercostal neuralgia
  • Meralgia Paresthetica (also known as Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Neuropathy)

Who Is A Candidate For Treatment With PNS?

Many individuals may be considered candidates for PNS if they have exhausted other more conservative treatments without obtaining adequate pain relief.

What Are The Advantages Of PNS?

PNS is safe and effective at treating a variety of conditions and has been used since the 1960s. PNS targets specific, troublesome nerves directly without affecting other areas. An additional benefit is the device allows patients to wean down and off medications.

What Is the Success Rate of Peripheral Nerve Stimulation in NJ?

The results produced by peripheral nerve stimulation will vary from one patient to another. Generally, peripheral nerve stimulation yields a success rate on par with similar types of stimulation for treating chronic pain.

It’s important to have realistic expectations for results from this therapy. At least 67 percent of patients will experience considerable relief from pain during the trial period and ask for the permanent implant. Out of those who take a permanent implant, over 60 percent will experience success over the long term. Overall, it yields a success rate of about 40 percent.

Does Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Have Any Side Effects?

While this treatment option is a drug-free therapy, it doesn’t work for everyone. The peripheral nerve stimulator device will be placed below the skin through a surgical operation. It’s possible for surgical side effects to occur, such as bleeding, infection and pain at the surgical site.

It’s also possible to experience device complications. These issues include movement of the leads, loss of connectivity, breaking and jolting. When they occur, the patient may need device reprogramming.

Are You A Good Candidate For Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?

After trying more conservative options, discuss with your physician at Spine Institute of North America if PNS is right for you.

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