Spinal Cord Stimulator

Trevin Thurman, MD -  - Pain Medicine

Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine

Trevin Thurman, MD

Pain Medicine & Orthopaedics located in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, CA

When you have a chronic pain condition that even with the best noninvasive treatment still isn’t getting better, Harvard-trained, triple board-certified Trevin Thurman, MD, at Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine in Sawtelle within West Los Angeles, can offer you hope with an implantable pain control device called a spinal cord stimulator. As an expert in pain medicine and physical rehabilitation, Dr. Thurman is ideally qualified to help you recover from chronic pain, even when other therapies have failed. Call Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine today to find out more or book an appointment online.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Q & A



What is a spinal cord stimulator?

A spinal cord stimulator is a piece of technology that Dr. Thurman can implant into your body to help control chronic pain. The spinal cord stimulator works by giving out electrical impulses that interfere with the signals going from the spinal nerves to your brain,

Once you have the implant, you can control the strength of the electrical impulse using a remote device, enabling you to manage your pain safely and without the need for stronger pain medication.

Spinal cord stimulation can be a beneficial treatment for patients who have chronic pain, particularly neuropathic pain that’s caused by nerve dysfunction. As this treatment involves surgery, it’s only an option if less invasive therapies aren’t improving your symptoms. Before undergoing full implantation, you can have a trial with the spinal cord stimulator to see if it relieves your pain.

Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine proudly offers HF10™ therapy, which is the most effective non-pharmacologic spinal cord stimulation (SCS) solution for reducing chronic leg and back pain. The advanced innovative tool has demonstrated to have the highest success at reducing leg and back pain when compared to other SCS devices, and the FDA has designated the HF10 device as “superior” for the relief of chronic leg and back pain. 

What happens during spinal cord stimulator trial implantation?

An HF10 spinal cord stimulator trial still involves a degree of surgery at Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine. Dr. Thurman needs to insert special leads that have electrodes on the ends into the area around your spinal cord known as the epidural space.

He does this under a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort, but you’re able to feel the effect of the electrical pulses when the leads are in place so that you can give Dr. Thurman some feedback on the optimum position for the leads.

You control the electrodes using an external spinal cord stimulator, assessing how well it works during a week-long trial period. If you’re finding the trial is helping you manage your pain better, you can discuss permanent implantation with Dr. Thurman.

What happens during permanent implantation?

When you get the permanent spinal cord stimulator implant, you need to have intravenous sedation or a general anesthetic. Dr. Thurman removes the trial leads and inserts the permanent ones into the same position.

He then makes a small incision in either your abdomen or one of your buttocks and inserts the implantable pulse generator (IPG) battery. The leads connect to the IPG, and Dr. Thurman programs the device ready for you to use.

You might feel a little sore where the IPG implant went in, but that should fade after a few days. With the HF10 spinal cord stimulator in place, you can use it to control your pain whenever you need to using a handheld remote.

Most patients who have chronic pain problems find relief using less invasive treatments, but if you have chronic pain, and it isn’t responding to conservative approaches, a spinal cord stimulator could help. Find out more by calling Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine today or book an appointment online.