A tiny device called a pulse generator, similar to a pacemaker but smaller, is inserted just below the skin. Pulse generators are the size of a silver dollar.
The electrodes carry impulses from the pulse generator to the spinal nerves to interfere with pain signaling. No incisions are required to insert electrodes.
50-70% of patients experience significant reduction in their chronic intractable pain. Pain relief is usually immediate. [source]
Eighty-four percent (84%) of patients are satisfied with their implant after one year. [source]
Chronic pain after back surgery (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), radiating pain down the arms or legs (sciatica), or chronic back pain that has not resolved with physical therapy, medications, or injections.
Foot pain, burning, or tingling related to peripheral neuropathy or phantom limb syndrome.
Pain related to Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and shingles.