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What is Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?
The nervous system of your body comprises the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves that extend beyond the brain and spinal cord to your organs and limbs, including your fingertips and toes.
Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) specifically targets the nerves that transmit pain signals to the brain. PNS involves implanting a thin wire or a group of electrodes that deliver electrical impulses to the nerve, which is about the size of a human hair or a standard paperclip, akin to a pacemaker. It modifies the way the brain perceives pain by altering or interrupting the pain signals that travel from the nerve to the brain.
Individuals with intractable neurogenic pain often suffer from constant and severe pain, which is often not effectively managed with traditional medical approaches or opioid-based medications. To address this condition, implants are now available that focus on the affected peripheral nerve, helping reduce pain.
The procedure is highly cost-effective and takes only 15-20 minutes and can be done on an outpatient basis. The PNS system includes a removable adhesive receiver that guides the stimulation programs to the implant from a hand-held control.
- Minimally invasive, long-term treatment option
- No implanted batteries
- Lead designed to reduce migration
- 8 customized stimulation programs that are controlled by patient
- Engineered to accommodate patients who have an active lifestyle
Could I be eligible for Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?
Peripheral Nerve Stimulation is not suitable for everyone with pain. There are specific criteria that must be met to be considered for this treatment.
- Identification of the pain originating from a specific peripheral nerve is necessary.
- The patient must have attempted or been recommended for conservative treatments, including pain medications, nerve blocks, or physical therapy.
- Before undergoing PNS, a psychological assessment may be recommended by your physician to evaluate potential factors that could affect the treatment’s effectiveness, such as anxiety, depression, or personality disorders. Marly, our Licensed Mental Health Counselor, may be recommended by your physician to assess your suitability for PNS.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition characterized by weakness, numbness, and pain resulting from nerve damage in the peripheral nervous system, which comprises the brain, spinal cord, and nerves extending to the organs and extremities, including the hands and feet.
Peripheral neuropathy is commonly caused by diabetes, but it can also be a result of injuries, infections, and exposure to toxins. Symptoms of this condition include numbness, weakness, a pins-and-needles sensation, and pain.
Patients with chronic neurogenic pain often report constant and severe pain that is not effectively managed by conventional medical treatments or opioid-based medications. Implants are now available that target the affected peripheral nerve, reducing pain and discomfort.