As part of providing a comprehensive system of minimally invasive and endoscopic treatment of the back, we make neuromodulatory treatment available for patients as well. This treatment is one of the most modern therapeutic approaches of modern medicine in the treatment of severe chronic pain and severe painful conditions, when standard treatment fails or has side effects, or when all available treatments have been exhausted without effect.
One method of neuromodulatory treatment is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS), which involves stimulation of the spinal cord and dorsal spinal nerve roots.
EuroPainClinics workplaces act as specialized diagnostic centers for the indication of the SCS neurostimulator and cooperate with university hospitals in its implementation.
What is the principle of SCS neurostimulation
The SCS neurostimulation method is based on electrical stimulation of the spinal cord or dorsal spinal nerve roots. Electrodes are placed in the epidural space in the area of the spinal cord, into which weak electrical impulses are transmitted from the battery as an energy generator. They prevent the transmission of pain information from the pain site to the brain. The electrical impulses have a therapeutic effect on the entire area of pain and patients usually perceive them as a pleasant weak tingling.
The main goal and therapeutic effect of SCS stimulation is to reduce pain perception. Using this technique, it is not possible to definitively eliminate the pain or counteract the onset of new pain in terms of prevention.
What are the benefits of SCS neurostimulation
Neurostimulation is a suitable and effective way to treat chronic persistent pain with many benefits:
- Neurostimulator implantation does not require hospitalization
- Minimally invasive procedure under local anesthesia
- Short recovery time, return to work within a few days
- Significant improvement in the patient’s quality of life by relieving back pain
- Improving the mobility and functionality of the patient during normal activities
- Reduced drug use (analgesics, opioids, antidepressants, etc.)
- Relatively simple surgery for neurostimulator implantation
- Minimal side effects, reduced risk of complications during the procedure
- Precise targeting and influencing of the site / source of pain
- Good tolerability of the neurostimulator
- Long-term functional life of the neurostimulator with the correct setting of parameters
- Progressive progress in technological development of neurostimulators
SCS neurostimulation: effective pain management in FBSS
The severe chronic pain that afflects patients with FBSS is called mixed – it includes neuropathic and nociceptive pain. Neuromodulatory treatment can provide an effective solution. FBSS syndrome is the most common indication for SCS spinal cord neurostimulation, which is most commonly used in the treatment of neuropathic (sharp, shooting) pain in one or both lower limbs.
Clinical studies show that SCS stimulation provides more than 50% relief in 50-60% of patients with FBSS (Turner, Loeser et Bell, 1995). It significantly reduces the intensity of perception of chronic pain, reduces the need to take medication and generally improves the quality of life and patient satisfaction.
Are you interested in the benefits of neuromodulatory treatment and are you seriously interested in implanting a neurostimulator?
Obtaining a neurostimulator is a process that proceeds according to a generally medically defined plan. Before beginning the process of obtaining a neurostimulator, the following basic conditions must be met:
- Patients clinically suffering from chronic persistent pain,
- All other treatment options are exhausted and ineffective,
- Those who have passed all the necessary examinations and their approval by expert commissions:
- psychological and psychiatric examination without making a serious diagnosis or without a clinical finding,
- neurological examination,
- examination at an interventional pain management clinic