SPRINT® Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) is a targeted form of neurostimulation therapy that uses electricity to block pain signals. Whereas most other stimulation treatments focus on the nerves in the spine, PNS stimulates nerves directly at the source of pain.
SPRINT® is a specialized type of PNS that provides significant and sustained pain relief without requiring any incisions or permanent implants.
What is SPRINT® peripheral nerve stimulation?
The SPRINT® PNS system is a minimally invasive, drug-free procedure for relieving a wide variety of chronic pain conditions.
A tiny wire, called the MicroLeadTM, is implanted next to the nerve causing pain. The other end of the lead is connected to a small, externally worn pulse generator. The system applies mild electric pulses to the nerve, blocking pain signals before they reach the brain.
After about 60 days of therapy, the system is simply removed, and the patient can enjoy sustained pain relief.
What can I expect during the procedure?
You will be brought into the procedure room and laid face down on a special table. Your skin will be cleaned at the injection site and a local anesthetic will be applied to numb the skin and tissue near the joint.
The physician uses an x-ray machine called a fluoroscope to help guide a hollow needle, called an introducer, to the correct site. The MicroLeadTM is then passed through the introducer and positioned near the nerve. The other end of the lead is then connected to the external battery, called a pulse generator. The physician will then turn on the device to begin stimulating the nerve and will ask for your feedback to find the most optimal location for the lead.
Once the lead is correctly positioned, the introducer is removed, and the injection site is covered with a small bandage. The pulse generator is then mounted in a small, padded bracket which is attached to your lower back via a strong but gentle adhesive.
The entire procedure only takes about 30 minutes.
What can I expect after the procedure?
The stimulation settings are controlled by a small handheld remote, which you will be trained how to use by the SPRINT® device rep.
Since no incision is required and no permanent device is implanted, you may go home right away and resume normal activities.
You may experience tenderness or aggravated symptoms at the injection site for several days after the procedure. You may also experience unusual and mildly uncomfortable sensations as your body adjusts to the stimulation. This is normal and the discomfort will subside shortly.
Schedule an appointment with Twin Cities Pain Clinic to see if SPRINT® peripheral nerve stimulation can help relieve your pain.
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