A neurostimulator is a small, surgically implanted device about the size of a stopwatch. It delivers an electrical signal to the epidural space near your spinal cord through one or more leads (special medical wires). This signal prevents pain messages from reaching the brain.
Talk to your doctor to determine what kinds of pain treatments would work for you. The choice of treatment depends on the type of pain, how severe it is, and how you respond to your pain treatment. If your doctor thinks you are a good candidate for neurostimulation, you can complete a neurostimulation screening test so that you can experience the therapy to see if it will work for you.
The sensation felt from neurostimulation varies from person to person, but most people report a mild tingling sensation in the area of their pain.
Typically, people who find the treatment helpful experience greater than 50% pain relief.1-6 However, neurostimulation does not eliminate the source of the pain, so the amount of pain reduction varies from person to person.
Your neurostimulation system will not provide relief from other types of pain such as headaches, stomachaches, or fractures.
The device is about the size of a stopwatch. Exact dimensions and weights vary by model.
The surgery to implant the neurostimulation system takes approximately 1 to 3 hours and may require a hospital stay.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.