Spinal Cord Stimulation
One treatment that can be of use in the control of pain in some suitable patients is spinal cord stimulation. This involves the stimulation of nerve pathways in the spinal cord using electrodes implanted surgically in the epidural space in the spine. If patients from Gloucestershire are thought to have pain suitable for this technique this is normally done by our colleagues in the Pain and Neurosurgery departments at Southmead Hospital.
The British Pain Society has recently produced an information booklet called Spinal Cord Stimulation for pain: information for patients (2009) which you may find useful.
The leaflet tells the patient about spinal cord stimulation and provides some information that may support the patient in decision making regarding the treatment.
A copy of this document can be downloaded free of charge by clicking this link or the image below.
Further information is also available at the International Neuromodulation Society's website.
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