Spinal Cord Stimulation Specialist

Michigan Pain Specialists

Pain Management serving the areas of Ann Arbor, MI, Ypsilanti, MI & Adrian, MI. Now accepting Telehealth appointments.

Spinal cord stimulation may be a treatment option for your chronic back pain when medications and other conservative therapies aren’t working. At Michigan Pain Specialists in Adrian and Ypsilanti, Michigan, the pain management team offers comprehensive spinal cord stimulation services, including trial procedures, so you can better manage back pain and enjoy a higher quality and active life. Call the Michigan Pain Specialists office nearest you or book an appointment online to find out if spinal cord stimulation is right for you.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Q & A

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation is the most technologically advanced way to treat chronic pain. Stimulation changes how your brain perceives pain by interfering with the pain signals your spinal cord transmits.

The providers at Michigan Pain Specialists offer comprehensive spinal cord stimulation services. They use stimulation technology from:

  • Boston Scientific
  • Medtronic
  • HF10®
  • Abbott

While each spinal cord stimulator works in a similar way, your provider at Michigan Pain Specialists can determine which system is right for you based on the specific cause of pain.

What’s involved in spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation involves minimally invasive surgery to place the stimulator wires into your spinal cord. First, to ensure the treatment will work well for you, the Michigan Pain Specialists team requires a trial period before permanently implanting the stimulator device.

During your trial procedure, your physician numbs an area of your back with a local anesthetic. They use fluoroscopy, real-time X-ray technology, to guide a hollow needle into the epidural space of your spine.

Through the needle, your provider inserts wires that attach to your spinal cord and to a small generator. This generator produces low currents of electricity that move through the lead wires and into your spine to interfere with the pain signal transmissions to your brain. You are able to control the delivery of the electricity with an external remote whenever you have pain.

Following your procedure, you can go home to rest. You will need to avoid strenuous activities that could damage the stimulator technology.

What happens after the spinal cord stimulation trial period?

If spinal cord stimulation helps you with greater than 50% of your pain, your Michigan Pain Specialists provider can schedule a follow-up procedure to permanently implant the stimulator device.

Your next surgery requires general anesthesia to keep you comfortable. During the procedure, your physician removes a small portion of your vertebral arch to make room for the stimulator leads. They hold the wires in place with sutures. Your provider also makes a small incision in your upper buttocks to create a space for the stimulator generator.

After your surgery, you might be able to return home the same day. The Michigan Pain Specialists team provides you with information to ensure a complete recovery. They also teach you how to use the stimulator and provide a list of restrictions that you need to follow for up to six weeks after your stimulator placement.

The team of pain specialists continues to monitor your progress with the stimulator to ensure it’s effectively treating your pain. If you wish to stop using the stimulator, you can discuss your options with your provider at any time.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation, call the Michigan Pain Specialists office nearest you or book an appointment online today.