Based on recent studies, as much as a third of the people who undergo spinal surgery will experience pain again within two years. This is called failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). Some patients consider more surgery to relieve the pain, which usually provides limited relief. Others try potentially addictive medications that could do more harm than good, and will not address the actual problem that is causing the pain or use assistive devices.
A recent study has given these patients some hope through the use of spinal cord stimulation. It is a minimally-invasive method of treating pain. Dr. Thomas Ragukonis has performed several successful spinal cord stimulations with the use of a device that blocks pain signals going from the pain point to the brain. The procedure is also known as “a pacemaker for pain.” However, it isn’t currently available for all patients as trials are still being conducted to better understand the procedure. Candidates are selected, then wires are placed into the epidural space, but this time the effect is to stop the pain. After the trial, patients can opt to undergo a short procedure to implant the treatment under the patient’s skin.
The method of treatment isn’t new (it has been around for nearly five decades), but new technology offers a way of providing pain relief that is less invasive and more comfortable. There is also a better understanding of how the body registers and transmits pain signals. Researchers can also take individual pain signals and experiences into account to better customize the treatment to the patient. Compared to most simulations that reduce pain by about 50%, Bergen Pain Management has reported a success rate of between 85 and 90%.
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