Spinal Cord Stimulator Placement

If you are suffering from back pain or other similar problems as a result of damage to the spine and the treatment options that were considerably have been ineffective, one of the options that may be available is to use a spinal cord stimulator placement. This is a small electrical device that is inserted on the spinal cord and provides an electrical signal to the area, disrupting the nerve that may be sending pain signals to the brain.

During the surgical procedure, you will be under general anesthesia and an incision is made in the back where the spinal cord stimulator will be inserted. Once the incision is made and the spinal column has been exposed near the mid-back in the area above the buttock, some of the bone of the spine will be removed so that the spinal cord is exposed. At this point, the stimulator leads are going to be placed underneath the bone on the spinal cord itself. Those leads are going to connect to a battery that is located in the area of the buttock.

You should discuss any potential risks of this type of surgery with your physician before it is performed. Some of the risks that can take place include infection, bleeding and injury to the spinal cord. More than likely, the stimulator is not going to be turned on immediately but it will likely become activated approximately two weeks after the surgery takes place. During the time that you are recovering, you may be under restrictions and cannot do any heavy lifting, bending or twisting during that time.