What Is Peripheral Nerve Stimulation And How Does It Work?

A Peripheral Nerve Stimulator is an outpatient procedure where a small electrical device is implanted near a damaged nerve to interrupt pain signals. Peripheral nerves are nerves found outside of the brain and spinal cord. Frequent areas that are treated are the shoulders and knees. Other areas that can be treated include the hips, ribs/chest, wrist and ankles, but peripheral nerve stimulation can be used to treat almost any area of pain. The device is small enough to be placed under the skin to treat the nerves affected. Once implanted, mild electrical impulses will “stimulate” those damaged nerves in order to break up the pain signals reaching the brain. This will aid in masking the pain from a specific joint. Your body will sense a tingling sensation versus the sharp or dull pains coming from the joint. The device is controlled with a remote that is provided to turn the device on or off as needed. Patients who are good candidates for peripheral nerve stimulation are those who have already tried interventional therapies and injection therapies and are still having residual discomfort.

What does Peripheral Nerve Stimulation treat?

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation is used to treat or manage different types of chronic pain, including:

  • Neuropathic pain
  • Nerve injuries
  • Back pain
  • Leg and foot pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip pain
  • Wrist pain

What To Expect From Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Treatment

The peripheral nerve stimulator is implanted near specific, damaged nerves in order to reduce chronic pain. To ensure that the peripheral nerve stimulator will treat the intended pain, it is a two step process:

Peripheral Nerve Stimulator Trial

During the peripheral nerve stimulator trial procedure, the device is not implanted in the body. Instead, the wires are inserted and an external transmitter sends the pulses.

Peripheral Nerve Stimulator Implantation

After a successful peripheral nerve stimulator trial, the peripheral nerve stimulator leads are placed discreetly under the skin and a remote programmer is provided to give you complete control over your relief.

Side Effects of Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Treatment

Peripheral nerve stimulation is considered a low risk procedure. As with most procedures it does carry a small risk of infection to the surgical site, allergic reaction, soreness following the procedure and a slight chance of lead migration. These risks will be discussed in detail with your pain management provider.

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The Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Process

1

Schedule an Appointment

Give us a call to schedule your appointment at one of our locations. You can also fill out our online form, and we’ll reach out to finalize your appointment.

2

Initial Evaluation

During your appointment, we’ll take the time to review your medical history and learn about previous treatments.

3

Peripheral Nerve Stimulator Trial

During the peripheral nerve stimulator trial procedure, the device is not implanted in the body. Instead, the wires are inserted and an external transmitter sends the pulses.

4

Permanent Implant

After a successful peripheral nerve stimulator trial, the peripheral nerve stimulator leads are placed discreetly under the skin and a remote programmer is provided to give you complete control over your relief.

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"Everyone is so friendly and helpful, Dr. Bednar came to me and explained the procedure and answered my questions. Highly recommend!"

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"Dr. Julia is the best! The staff is professional and friendly to all. Best of all, Dr. Julia is finding solutions for my chronic pain! Never thought that it would be possible. It's a journey for me, but it seems like there is a solution."

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Peripheral Nerve Stimulation covered by insurance?

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At Greater Austin Pain Center, we accept most insurance plans. To learn more about whether the Peripheral Nerve Stimulation is covered by your insurance plan, contact us for more information.

How long will the benefits last?

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This will vary from patient to patient. Many patients achieve long-lasting pain relief that can last for years. The benefit may decrease over time, but the stimulator settings can be adjusted or increased to compensate for this.

Can I resume physical activities after the implantation?

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Most physical activities are considered safe after the procedure. Consult with your physician as to when you can resume daily activities.

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Curious about Spinal Cord and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation? Join our doctors for an in-person lunch and learn session to find out more about these treatments and ask any questions you may have. This event will be 12–1pm, sign up below to receive more details and RSVP.

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Treat Chronic Pain with Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

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