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Cervical Spinal Cord Stimulation (for Atypical Facial Pain)

Thank you for considering our practice for your upcoming procedure. We understand that surgery can be overwhelming, but we are committed to providing you with the information and care you need to feel confident and prepared for your procedure. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery.

About the Procedure

What is Cervical Spinal Cord Stimulation for Atypical Facial Pain?

A cervical spinal cord stimulation (SCS) procedure for atypical face pain is a surgical procedure that involves implanting a device to stimulate the nerves in the cervical spinal cord to relieve pain in the face. This procedure is typically performed to treat chronic and severe facial pain that is not responsive to other treatments.

Before the procedure:

Before the surgery, you will meet with your surgeon and medical team to discuss the procedure and ask any questions you may have. You may need to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, and fast for a certain period of time before your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your procedure.

During the procedure:

The cervical SCS procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The surgeon will make a small incision in the back of your neck and insert a thin wire, called a lead, into the epidural space around your spinal cord. The lead is then connected to a small device, called a pulse generator, which is implanted under the skin of your chest or abdomen. The pulse generator sends electrical impulses to the nerves in the cervical spinal cord to interrupt the pain signals before they reach the brain, thereby reducing the pain.

After the procedure:

After the surgery, you will be closely monitored in the recovery room until you are awake and stable enough to be moved to a hospital room. You may need to stay in the hospital for several days to a week or more, depending on the specifics of your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your incision, manage any pain or discomfort, and gradually resume your normal activities.

We hope this information has been helpful in preparing you for your procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to support you throughout your entire journey to recovery.

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