About Nerve Stimulation
Peripheral nerve field stimulation is typically provided as a treatment for chronic pain. During the procedure, electrodes are placed next to the affected nerves or under the skin at the area where the pain is occurring. The electrodes are then connected to an external device, which will send electrical pulses to the area to eliminate pain. There are many chronic conditions that can be effectively treated with peripheral nerve field stimulation, depending on your unique symptoms and treatment history. At Tricity Pain Associates, we provide this innovative procedure for our Texas area patients to allow them to live more comfortably with long-term results. To learn more, contact one of our Texas pain management locations to schedule an initial consultation with one of our skilled experts.
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Ideal candidates for a peripheral nerve field stimulation procedure may be suffering from chronic pain that could be caused by a variety of reasons. These may include a nerve injury, chronic migraines, complex regional pain syndrome, and neuropathy. In most cases, patients may have received a noninvasive form of treatment, such as with medication or physical therapy, before they are recommended peripheral nerve field stimulation. The procedure will only be effective for patients who are experiencing pain that is related to the distribution of a single peripheral nerve.
Nerve Stimulation Techniques
Peripheral nerve field stimulation is performed with a local anesthetic. It begins with the use of x-ray guidance for the placement of electrodes over the affected nerves. An electric pulse will then be sent through the electrodes by an attached device. In most cases, the patient will keep the temporary device for about a week to see if the results are noticeable. If it proves to be effective during that time period, then a permanent device can be implanted for a long-term outcome. About every two out of three patients experience pain relief with peripheral nerve field stimulation, equating to around a 40% success rate.
What to Expect
Following your procedure, a member of our pain management team will let you know what you can expect during your recovery process, and they will provide you with the appropriate instructions to care for your new device. Additional follow-up appointments will also be scheduled so that your progress can be monitored, and any necessary adjustments can be made to your overall treatment plan. It is important to note that peripheral nerve field stimulation is not a cure, but it can effectively manage your chronic pain so your expectations following the procedure should be realistic. We encourage you to contact our facility at any time during your recovery if you have any questions or concerns.
Treat Chronic Pain
As an effective treatment for chronic pain, peripheral nerve field stimulation is a minimally invasive procedure that provides optimal results for many patients. Our team of pain management specialists at Tricity Pain Associates is proud to offer this advanced procedure to improve a patient’s quality of life. Contact one of our state-of-the-art Texas locations to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation.