You have been referred by your provider to Englewood Surgery Center for a surgical procedure. Below is a brief description on what you can expect before, during and after your procedure.
You will be scheduled for a “Pre-Op Physical” exam prior to your surgery.
Please bring an updated list of all your medications for the provider doing your physical exam and the nurse who will see you in ESC. Once the physical exam is completed, you will be given an order for blood work and escorted to the surgery center for an EKG.
If you take medication for any health issues, please discuss this with your provider during your pre-op physical exam.
The purpose of having a spine cord stimulator placed is to have the device transmit low level electrical signals that interfere with and keep pain signals from the legs or arms from being perceived in the brain. The stimulation substitutes the painful sensation with a mild tingling sensation that the patient can control with an external remote device. Patients who are candidates for this procedure have suffered from chronic pain and have not responded to other conservative measures such as anesthetic blocks or epidural steroid injections.
This procedure involves a trial period with a temporary stimulator that is connected to a small wire lead that is implanted beneath the skin and over the spinal cord. The stimulator is battery operated and sends out small pulses of electrical activity that interferes with the patient’s pain sensations. If this trial is successful, the patient will then be a candidate for the surgical implant, where the stimulator and battery are placed permanently under the skin.
What to expect
Every medical procedure, no matter how minor, contains some risks. Anytime a needle is placed into the body, there is a risk of tissue injury, infection and bleeding. If this occurs near the spine, it can result in nerve damage. Although extremely rare, nerve damage and death have occurred following spine injections. Injections near the spine also risk puncturing the dura and can result in headaches, which can easily be treated. More common risks include a temporary increase in pain, local tenderness after the injection, allergic reactions to the medications and side effects from the steroids.