Peripheral Nerve Stimulator
Peripheral nerve stimulation is an advanced technique in which an electrode is placed under the skin over a peripheral nerve that will emit low voltage electrical current to interrupt pain signals over a specific region, most often involving face and head. At RA Pain services, this technique is most often performed for treatment of atypical facial pain, and intractable occipital headaches. Patients who are potential candidates for this treatment will undergo thorough evaluation.
Did you know?
Peripheral Nerve stimulation is very effective treatment option in a select group of patients suffering from facial pain and occipital neuralgia. Nerve stimulation requires no medications, reducing the risk of unwanted side effects. Furthermore, many patients appreciate having external control over their peripheral nerve stimulators. Though most doctors consider peripheral nerve stimulation to be a safe and permanent pain management option, the procedure is reversible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for peripheral nerve stimulation at RA Pain Services?
In most cases, peripheral nerve stimulation is reserved for patients who have chronic or severe pain that has not adequately responded to other more conservative treatments. This is
What should I expect during peripheral nerve stimulator treatment?
If you and your doctor determine that peripheral nerve stimulation is right for you, you’ll be scheduled for a trial to determine its efficacy before committing to a permanent implant. If you achieve favorable results during your trial period, you’ll undergo surgery to have a permanent implant. Most patients who undergo permanent implant go home the same day after the surgery.
What types of results can I expect from a peripheral nerve stimulator?
You’ll have a good understanding of the types of results you can expect from a peripheral nerve stimulator after you have undergone the trial stimulation period. Though results vary from patient to patient, you can expect a significant reduction in pain and level of function.