C-4 C-5 Complete Spinal Cord Injury ASIA-A
Spinal cord stimulators consist of thin wires (the electrodes) and a small, pacemaker-like battery pack (the generator)
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Spinal cord stimulation is used most often after nonsurgical pain treatment options have failed to provide sufficient relief. Spinal cord stimulators may be used to treat or manage different types of chronic pain, including:
As with all treatments, your doctor will want to make sure spinal cord stimulation is right for you hop - and that it is likely to provide significant relief from your chronic pain. Each patient is different, but generally, people who benefit the most from spinal cord stimulation are those who:
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has many advantages:
Spinal cord stimulators require two procedures to test and implant the device: the trial and the implantation.
Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial
Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation
Complications of spinal cord stimulator surgery are rare, but no procedure is without risk. A small percentage of patients may experience:
Generally, the pain relief provided by spinal cord stimulators allows patients to do much more than they could before surgery, but there are certain restrictions to be mindful of.
Can I have X-rays and CT scans with a spinal cord stimulator
So long as your spinal cord stimulator is powered off, X-rays and CT scans are generally safe. Before undergoing any scan, always let your doctor, nurse or technician know you have a spinal cord stimulator.
Are spinal cord stimulators MRI compatible
No, MRIs are not always safe for those with spinal cord stimulation devices. Some newer devices are compatible with certain MRI machine models and scan locations, but your doctor will need to evaluate the specifics of your stimulator first. If your device is not MRI compatible, MRIs can cause serious injury.
Will my spinal cord stimulator set off airport security
Yes, airport security gates will detect your stimulator, but your physician will give you an identification card that may allow you to bypass the machine.
Some people find that airport security gates cause uncomfortable (but harmless) interference with their stimulators. If you cannot avoid passing through the security screener, turn off your device before stepping through.
Can I drive with a spinal cord stimulator
No, you should power off your stimulator when you're driving or operating heavy machinery, as sudden changes in stimulation levels could cause distraction.
Can I swim with a spinal cord stimulator
Swimming is fine with a permanent, implanted generator, but you cannot get your temporary stimulator wet. You will need to avoid baths and showers during that short trial period.
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