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Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

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 a Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?

Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) is a surgical procedure that involves the implantation of a device that delivers electrical stimulation to peripheral nerves outside of the spinal cord. The goal of PNS is to reduce pain or improve symptoms associated with a variety of neurological conditions, such as chronic pain, neuropathy, or migraines.

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 PNS procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make a small incision near the affected peripheral nerve and place a small electrode on or near the nerve. The electrode is then connected to a battery-powered device, called a neurostimulator, which is implanted under the skin in the abdomen, chest, or buttock. The neurostimulator sends electrical pulses to the peripheral nerve, which can modulate the activity of the nerve and alter the patient's symptoms.

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. Your medical team will adjust the settings of the neurostimulator to optimize its effectiveness and minimize any side effects. 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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