Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
Are you tired of shoulder pain? knee pain? Back Pain?
You are in the right place.
How does peripheral nerve stimulation work?
Peripheral nerve stimulation works by emitting weak electrical pulses to the targeted nerve inducing your pain. The stimulation causes your brain to “turn off” the pain signal.
What is the process to obtain a Peripheral Nerve Stimulator?
– First step is to have a consultation with one of our pain specialists to identify the nerve transmitting your pain.
– Second step we submit a prior authorization to your insurance company to get the green light.
– Third step is we do a stimulation trial for few days. The trial is done in office. Using ultrasound or x-ray guidance, your doctor can identify the nerve precisely. Using a small needle, your doctor will advance a special flexible lead that is implanted adjacent to the nerve.
You will be given a special device to wear. The procedure takes 20 minutes and you can resume your daily activities on the same day.
– Fourth step: if the trial is successful and you achieve pain relief. You will be scheduled for permanent implantation.
How big is the device?
Stimulators are revolutionary, compact micro-stimulators with a flexible circuit board at only 0.069 inches. it fits through a standard gauge needle.
How will I know if Stimulator will help me?
Before the permanent Stimulator is implanted, you will be able to test the device for your pain during the trial period. Results will be reviewed with your physician at the end of the trial period to determine if the pain relief was satisfactory.
What conditions can be treated with peripheral nerve stimulation?
It can be used to treat shoulder pain by stimulating Suprascapular nerve, or knee pain by stimulating Infrapatellar Saphenous nerve, or foot neuropathy by stimulating Posterior Tibial never or low back pain by stimulating Cluneal nerve or thigh numbness by stimulating Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve or genital pain by stimulating Pudendal nerve or headaches by stimulating occipital nerve and others. Each patient is different and your doctor can provide a precise the answer the suits your situation.
How does the stimulator work?
The implanted PNS device has small metal electrodes near the tip. An electrical field of energy is created when power is applied to the electrodes, which aids in blocking the pain signals. The implant receives energy from the external Wearable Antenna Assembly.
How often do I have to charge the Wearable Antenna Assembly?
The device will need to be charged daily and may last up to 24 hours on a single charge depending on your therapy settings. The battery can fully charged within 4 hours when completely empty.
Does insurance cover the implant cost?
Yes. Most insurances will cover the cost. We will work with you to confirm coverage. You will be aware of your out of pocket cost up front. Call us today for free insurance verification.
Do I need to be put under anesthesia for the procedure?
The procedure may be performed without general anesthesia.