Get Help From Our Pelvic Pain Specialists
Most people – especially women – have experienced pelvic pain, which can have different causes. But if your pain lasts for over 6 months, you might be suffering from Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP). If that’s your case, one of our pelvic pain specialists can help you improve your quality of life.
Your doctor needs to comprehend your medical history and may require you to take different tests.
Fibromyalgia, hernia, ovarian cysts. Sometimes, the pain persists after treating the main cause.
Facts About Pelvic Pain
Men and women
Chronic pelvic pain can affect both men and women. In both cases, the root cause might be in the reproductive organs.
Kidney stones, overactive bladder, prolapse, chronic prostatitis, and interstitial cystitis are other conditions that can cause CPP.
Besides chronic pain, you may feel constipation, painful bowel movements, and alterations in urination frequency, among other symptoms.
Treating Pelvic Pain With Spinal Cord Stimulation
Each patient’s case is different, and so is the diagnosis. Depending on your case, your pelvic pain specialist will develop a treatment plan for you. One of the procedures your doctor might recommend is spinal cord stimulation, which consists of implanting a device under the skin masking pain signals.
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Important Facts About Spinal Cord Stimulation
How it works
This procedure doesn’t eradicate the pain. It masks it, changing the way the brain perceives it.
You can control electric pulses using a remote control. You can also turn the device on and off.
Spinal Cord Stimulation has been proved effective in patients with chronic pain.
FAQ About Spinal Cord Stimulation
Does SCS eliminate all the pain?
People have different reactions to SCS. Nevertheless, most patients experience a significant decrease in pain.
Can I try the system before the procedure?
Usually, there’s a trial before the procedure. After the trial, you can decide if this treatment is good for you.
How is the spinal cord system implanted?
This minimally invasive procedure is performed using a needle or performing minor surgery. The device is implanted under the skin, usually above the gluteus or in the abdomen.
Can I go back to my normal life after the procedure?
SCS can dramatically improve your ability to move and reduce the pain. However, you should limit your activities for the next few weeks after the procedure.
How effective is spinal cord stimulation for pelvic pain?
According to a study done by The Pain Management Department at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the evaluation of pain after spinal cord stimulation for pelvic pain decreased from 8 to 3, and all of the patients that went under the treatment said that the level of pain decreased in over 50%.
There are a variety of studies analyzing SCS and the results of the trials have all been very promising, alleviating pain in patients suffering from pelvic pain.
How does a spinal cord stimulator actually work?
A spinal cord stimulator is a very small device, similar to a heart pacemaker, that is implanted under the skin, commonly under the abdomen. This device has a variety of very thin wires called electrodes, and these are inserted between the spinal cord and the vertebrae. Once these wires are located in place, the spinal cord stimulator delivers electrical signals that cause a difference in the way your brain and spine feel pain, decreasing your pain in the pelvic region and other areas too.
According to a study, the average battery life of the STS is approximately 10 years, after that, the device needs to be changed. After the implantation is done, you may still feel pain, however, you will notice a significant relief in your pelvic pain.
Do I qualify for spinal cord stimulation if I suffer from pelvic pain?
Spinal cord stimulation is usually done on patients that have a very advanced pain condition, this is why it is so important to visit one of our pain treatment centers so that one of our specialists evaluates you to see if you qualify for the treatment. Usually, SCS is done on patients who have already tried other forms of treatment that have been ineffective and SCS is their last shot for relief.