Epidural stimulation is an effective treatment to correct the problem of lower portion of the spinal cord. It is the technique to provide continuous electrical current to the lower part of the spinal cord where the problem lies.
The best part of this treatment option is that epidural stimulation takes place with the help of a remote control which means that the patient has all the control over the device. This small surgical device is implanted to the spinal cord.
The intensity of the electrical current is controlled with the help of that remote control. When the function is applied on the remote control, stimulation begins by charging up the nerve cells which allows the paralyzed patient to move their legs.
After the physical assessment, you shall be medically investigated for your spinal problem. Once investigations and medical assessment are completed your surgery shall be planned. You will be advised to get admitted on the day of surgery.
You and / or your relative is explained the procedure in detail and consent is undertaken. Pre-anaesthesia checkup (PAC) is done. An intravenous line (IV) is given to provide fluids. You are shifted to OT for the procedure. You are given anaesthesia before surgery. Post-procedure, you will be moved to Post Anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and once fully awake, you will be moved to the hospital room.
You shall be mobilized with the help of walking aids. You are monitored in the room and shall be given appropriate medication including pain relievers. You may have Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) pump. You will undergo physical rehabilitation.
You shall continue to be monitored in the room. Physical rehabilitation for your back shall continue. IV medications may be stopped and you may be put on oral medication.
Discharge process is undertaken. You will be appraised about the post-discharge exercises to be done at home and will also be explained about the discharge medication and follow up. You will be discharged in stable condition.
You will be advised to avoid bending at the waist so that there is no strain injury, however, you will be advised to slowly increase your activities and as you feel better, you may exercise as per instructions to improve your strength and mobility.
In the follow-up process, your incisions will be inspected and you will be asked to visit the doctor after 7 days for stitch removal.
After 4-6 weeks, X-ray will be taken to confirm the fusion area is healing properly. After 8-12 weeks, patients will be given the prescription for physical therapy for gentle back exercises.