Spinal Cord Stimulation Specialist

Innovative Pain Specialists -  - Pain Management Specialist

Innovative Pain Specialists

Pain Management Specialists & Spine Specialists located in Arlington Heights, IL & Libertyville, IL

If you have back pain, nerve pain, post-surgery pain, or other types of ongoing discomfort, Innovative Pain Specialists in Arlington Heights and Libertyville, Illinois, can help you. Board-certified pain management specialists Paul Marsiglia, DO, Demetrios Louis, MD, and their skilled team offer spinal cord stimulation to reduce pain and help you live your best life. Call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Q&A

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation involves implanting a tiny device that sends low-level electricity into your spinal cord for pain relief. The device consists of electrodes and a pacemaker-like battery pack that your specialist places under the skin to emit impulses. You can use a remote control to activate electrical impulses and alleviate pain as needed.

Why might I need spinal cord stimulation?

Your pain specialist may suggest spinal cord stimulation if you struggle with ongoing:

  • Post-surgery pain
  • Back pain
  • Heart pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Post-amputation pain
  • Abdominal discomfort

Your provider might recommend spinal cord stimulation if you don’t respond to other pain-relieving treatments.

Is spinal cord stimulation right for me?

After discussing your symptoms and medical history, your pain specialist lets you know if you're a candidate for spinal cord stimulation. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam that includes a neurological exam, and recommend blood tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures. 

Spinal cord stimulation may improve sleep quality and reduce the need for addictive pain medication or invasive surgery. Your specialist might combine spinal cord stimulation with physical therapy, exercise, relaxation techniques, or other noninvasive treatments. 

What should I expect during spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulator implantation requires two procedures, one to test the device and another to implant it underneath your skin. 

Your provider numbs the treatment area, makes a tiny incision, and inserts electrodes into part of your spine. They ask for your feedback during the procedure to ensure superior electrode placement. 

During the trial period, the device remains outside of your body. You wear a belt around your waist for about a week while you evaluate the stimulator’s effectiveness for pain relief. 

If the spinal cord stimulator works well, your specialist can insert it beneath your skin along with electrodes in the epidural space near your abdomen or buttocks. Your surgeon closes the incisions with sutures. The implantation procedure may take about 1-2 hours.

What happens after spinal cord stimulator implantation?

Follow all post-surgery instructions after undergoing a spinal cord stimulation procedure. You can usually go home the same day as surgery but have a friend or family member drive you. 

Get plenty of rest, keep the surgical site clean, keep dressings over the incision site, and avoid strenuous activity until your provider says it’s OK. Complete healing of the incisions may take 2-4 weeks. Use your remote control to manage electrical impulses and pain as needed.

To find out if spinal cord stimulation is right for you, call the Innovative Pain Specialists office or schedule an appointment online today.