When you’ve exhausted treatment options for chronic pain and are facing surgery, the use of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulators may be a more effective option. Experienced pain management specialist Vivekanand (Vic) Manocha, MD, understands how disruptive chronic pain can be. He offers SCS and DRG stimulators as an alternative to surgery and provides on-site evaluation and implantation services at his offices in Springboro and Vandalia, Ohio. If you’re looking for a nonsurgical solution to chronic pain, schedule a consultation online at Interventional Spine & Pain Management Center today.
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation are two treatment options for chronic pain.
In spinal cord stimulation, Dr. Manocha implants a small device in your upper hip or buttocks that contains leads that attach to the nerves in your spine. These leads deliver currents of electrical energy to the nerves to disrupt pain signals and prevent them from traveling to your brain, so your chronic pain eases.
Dorsal root ganglion stimulation is a similar treatment option for chronic pain that can’t be relieved with a spinal cord stimulator. The dorsal root ganglion is a bundle of sensory nerves located in a more accessible area of the spine.
Electrical currents of energy from this type of device can stop pain signals from your hands, abdomen, chest, and other structures outside of the spine.
Spinal cord and dorsal root ganglion stimulators are often an effective alternative for easing chronic pain when medications and other therapies won’t work. For many people, use of an SCS or DRG stimulator can delay or even eliminate the need for spinal surgery.
Both SCS and DRG stimulators have an external remote control that allows you to control your pain relief. The remote can also be customized with different levels of electrical energy to address the severity of your pain.
Before a spinal cord or dorsal root ganglion stimulator is permanently implanted, Dr. Manocha temporarily attaches the electrical leads to your nerves for a trial period. This allows you and him to evaluate how effective the treatment is on your pain.
If you find that the stimulator works well for managing your chronic pain, Dr. Manocha performs a minimally invasive surgical procedure to attach the leads to the nerves and creates a small pouch in your buttocks or other nearby area for the generator that powers the stimulator.
You need time for your incisions to heal after your implant procedure. Dr. Manocha can provide you with complete instructions for incision care. You may need to make modifications to your lifestyle to prevent damage to your stimulator equipment, such as avoiding heavy lifting or other strenuous activities.
Learn more about the benefits of SCS and DRG stimulators by scheduling a consultation at Interventional Spine & Pain Management Center today by using the online booking feature.