Spinal Cord Stimulator

Republic Spine and Pain

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in North Austin, Austin, TX, Leander, TX, & Georgetown, TX

If you suffer from chronic pain and traditional treatments — like medications and physical therapy — haven’t helped you, spinal cord stimulation may be the solution you need. At Republic Spine and Pain, with locations in Austin, Leander, and Georgetown, Texas, you can get started on a customized spinal cord stimulator treatment plan to target pain and restore your quality of life. Find out how this innovative treatment solution can resolve your pain by booking an evaluation online today. You can also call the clinic nearest you directly to schedule a spinal cord stimulation exam.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Q & A

Is a spinal cord stimulator right for me?

Spinal cord stimulation works by inserting a small transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) into your spine. It tricks your brain by delivering mild vibrations that intercept pain signals. 

This revolutionary chronic pain treatment, which is available for cervical or lumbar issues, might be right for you if you have:

  • Pain that lasts for six months or more
  • Failed back or neck surgery syndrome 
  • Pain that doesn’t improve with conventional treatments
  • Constant burning pain from nerve issues, like complex regional pain syndrome

Before determining if a spinal cord stimulator is right for your condition, your Republic Spine and Pain physician has you go through a trial period. During a short outpatient procedure, your doctor implants the wires of the spinal cord stimulator underneath your skin in specific areas near your spine. 

Afterward, all you have to do is carry the device on your belt or in your pocket. Your doctor programs the temporary spinal cord stimulator to deliver the most effective pain-blocking signals possible to see if you experience relief. 

What happens during a spinal cord stimulator procedure?

Once you and your doctor at Republic Spine and Pain determine that spinal cord stimulation is a good option for your pain-causing condition, they schedule you for an implant. This outpatient surgery involves strategically positioning wires inside of your spine and over your spinal cord to target certain nerves.

Your physician places the generator itself underneath your skin — no need to wear an external device — and attaches the wires. While your provider at Republic Spine and Pain programs the spinal cord stimulator for you, they also spend time teaching you how to use the remote control to program the device yourself.

The generator is battery powered, so every few years, you’re going to need to have a minor procedure at Republic Spine and Pain to replace the batteries.

When can I expect results with a spinal cord stimulator?

Most patients who begin spinal cord stimulation therapy at Republic Spine and Pain experience a 50-70% reduction in pain shortly after their procedure. You can always adjust your device as needed to improve pain relief during intense flare-ups.

Book your spinal cord stimulator evaluation at Republic Spine and Pain directly through the website. You can also call to speak with a team member at either office.