Peripheral nerve stimulation has been used since the 1960s to help patients with chronic pain. Texas Pain Institute offers peripheral nerve stimulation for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake, and the nearby areas of Texas.
What is Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?
Peripheral nerve stimulation is a type of neuromodulation, meaning that is controls impulses from the nerves to the brain. The treatment involves the implantation of a device that sends mild electrical impulses along the peripheral nerves to decrease chronic pain.
What Are the Benefits of Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?
The primary benefit of peripheral nerve stimulation is that it may reduce your reliance on prescription medications to control your chronic pain. The electrical currents that are emitted by the device reduce the frequency of pain signals that are sent to the brain. Using the device creates a tingling sensation that is quite comfortable for our patients.
Am I a Candidate for Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?
Peripheral nerve stimulation is most often recommended for:
- Migraine and chronic headaches
- Back pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome that may cause leg pain, arm pain, or upper extremity pain
How is Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Performed?
Peripheral nerve stimulation requires a device to be implanted under your skin. We start the process by applying a temporary electrode to the nerves so that you can get accustomed to the sensation and determine if the device will relieve your pain. While you have the temporary device, you control when the electrical current is delivered to the nerves, and it is recommended that you do so when you experience pain symptoms. If the device works for you, we will implant a permanent peripheral nerve stimulation device.
What is the Recovery Like After Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?
You will have some limitations for the first six weeks after the procedure, such as not lifting heavy objects or using excessive body movements. The incision for the surgery will need time to heal and should be closely monitored for signs of bleeding or infection.
What is the Prognosis After Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?
Patients who have peripheral nerve stimulation devices typically have a noticeable reduction in pain immediately after the device is implanted. You will feel a continuous tingling as the device delivers the electrical current through the nerves. You should not drive while the device is powered on, and you will not be able to have MRI tests in the future.
Peripheral nerve stimulation is a safe and effective technique for controlling chronic pain signals and alleviating your discomfort. Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer peripheral nerve stimulation for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake, and the surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.