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PNS - Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

APEX Spine and Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery & Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery located in Suwanee, GA & Bethlehem, GA

If you have localized nerve pain due to surgery, a disease, or trauma, pain-reducing solutions are within reach at Apex Spine and Neurosurgery in Alpharetta, Bethlehem, Columbus, and Suwanee, Georgia. Its skilled neurosurgeons offer peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) to ease chronic discomfort. Schedule an evaluation by phone or request one online today to determine if this treatment is right for you.

PNS - Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Q & A

What is peripheral nerve stimulation?

Peripheral nerve stimulation involves treating localized nerve pain using a small implanted electrical device. The device delivers rapid electrical pulses to nerves, reducing any discomfort. You can control the intensity of the electrical impulses using a controller or app on your phone. 

What conditions can peripheral nerve stimulation help relieve pain?

Peripheral nerve stimulation can eliminate chronic pain associated with:

  • Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Amputation
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy 
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Neuralgia (nerve pain)
  • Low back or neck pain
  • Nerve injuries
  • Headache syndromes
  • Other pain-causing conditions stemming from nerve damage

To determine if you’re a candidate for peripheral nerve stimulation, Apex Spine and Neurosurgery experts discuss your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. 

They complete a physical exam and may order imaging procedures, nerve conduction studies, or other diagnostic tests to pinpoint the cause of your pain and how to treat it best.

What happens during peripheral nerve stimulator implantation?

Peripheral nerve stimulation involves a minor procedure in which your provider inserts a small electrical device next to a painful peripheral nerve. 

Before permanent implant placement, you receive a trial peripheral nerve stimulator to ensure pain relief from temporary electrodes. Your provider typically leaves these electrodes in place for about a week, so you have time to determine if they’re effective.

During permanent peripheral nerve stimulator placement, your specialist numbs the treatment area and offers a sedative to relax you. 

They make a tiny incision, place the stimulator and electrodes, and close the incision. The device sends a mild electric current to nerves outside the spinal cord to ease discomfort. Patients describe the current as a pleasant tingling sensation. 

What should I expect after the procedure?

Have someone drive you home after a peripheral nerve stimulation procedure, and take it easy until given the okay. Follow all of your post-procedure instructions and attend follow-up appointments at Apex Spine and Neurosurgery.

The batteries in permanent stimulators last for several years and are easy to replace. You control the electrical pulse settings of the stimulator based on the amount of pain you feel. Call the Apex Spine and Neurosurgery office at any time with questions about your treatment.

Schedule an appointment at Apex Spine and Neurosurgery by phone or request one online today to determine if peripheral nerve stimulation is right for you.