Spinal Cord Stimulation

In spite of most modern therapy procedures for the spine, sometimes pain syndromes in the legs may develop which are difficult to treat.

A possible cause for this pain is that the nerves formally squeezed by the herniated disc only recover insufficiently. Multiple operations around the spine may be another possible cause. Our team at Wirbelsäulenzentrum am Stiglmaierplatz accompanies those patients very thoroughly in order to alleviate their pain through modern electronic procedures.

After 1 to 2 years with pain syndromes, a spontaneous recovery cannot be expected. Instead the memory of the pain has manifested itself in your brain, leading to chronic pain along with psychological and social side effects. Unfortunately only a therapy with strong analgesics (such as morphine) is the only way out.

In the early stages however, there is a good chance for certain patients to manage and block the pain impulses. For this, we use an artificial electrical impulses (similar to a pacemaker) to target the fibers of the damaged nerve root and to block the pain impulses. This so called spinal cord stimulation (SCS) offers substantial pain relief. 

This system consists of an electrode and a suitable pulse generator, which is largely identical to a pacemaker. Under anesthesia, the electrode will be inserted into the bony spinal canal under sterile conditions. Then, the electrode is placed on the affected area on the skin surrounding the lumbar cerebrospinal fluid meniges. In the following three days, our doctors in the hospital will establish the optimal duration and strength of the electrical impulses using a preliminary external impulse generator. Only after this has been tested successfully, we will put the permanent impulse generator into the abdominal wall. This requires another short operation during which the permanent stimulated is hooked up to the electrodes under the skin.

Book an appointment for a personal consultation with us at the Wirbelsäulenzentrum am Stiglmaierplatz to see if this procedure is suitable for you.