Spinal Cord Stimulation at NYU Winthrop Hospital
A minimally invasive technique for relieving pain in the spine and extremities
Spinal cord stimulation, also known as dorsal column stimulation, is a minimally invasive technique that can offer pain relief for patients with intractable pain in the spine or extremities – especially pain in the lower back and legs. The stimulator, which is a flexible tiny wire, is usually placed through a small puncture in the skin, and sends signals to the brain which can cancel out sensations of pain.
When Is Spinal Cord Stimulation an Option?
Spinal cord stimulation may be considered when conservative treatments have failed, surgery is not an option, the patient does not have a pacemaker and the patient has had a successful spinal cord stimulator trial.
The trial period is important to determine if this therapy provides satisfactory pain relief. If the system works, and the patient is comfortable with the sensation (most often described as “tingling”), a permanent stimulation system can be implanted