What is Neuromodulation Surgery?

Neuromodulation refers to any therapy that modifies or stimulates the nervous system, usually with electrical impulses. It is often used for the treatment of pain, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease. There are many different forms of neuromodulation, including spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS), and muscle restorative stimulation.

In fact, neuromodulation surgery Marina Del Rey is a surgical intervention used to treat pain syndromes. This includes chronic pain due to soft tissue injury, post-operative pain, and pelvic pain due to endometriosis. Neuromodulation surgery can also help relieve pain from nerve damage, brain injury, peripheral nerve injuries, and head trauma. 

Neuromodulation surgery procedures are very individualized and depend upon the condition being treated. Most cases involve using electrical stimulation of the nerves in a muscle or nerve to treat neurological pain syndromes that cannot be adequately controlled with medications alone.

Here are the different types of neuromodulation devices used:

  1. Spinal cord stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation is a surgical procedure that involves inserting electrodes along the spine near the spinal cord. This type of stimulation is designed to either reduce pain or prevent further damage from spinal cord compression. In most cases, spinal cord stimulation is used to relieve pain from conditions like arthritis, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and complex regional pain.

  1. Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation

DRG stimulation targets the nerves in the ganglion to block signals from reaching your brain. By preventing signals from reaching your brain, you can ease the pain in that area. This type of stimulation is highly effective in treating pain in your groin, chest, hands, feet, and abdomen.

  1. Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS)

Peripheral nerve stimulation is used to relieve pain in your lower back or the limbs. PNS uses electrical signals to activate specific channels of pain-relieving chemicals within nerves, leading to the production of tingling sensations. This tingling sensation is caused due to the release of endorphins to mask the sensation of pain. Peripheral nerve stimulation is commonly used to relieve pain caused by post-amputation syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, and trigeminal nerve pain.

  1. Muscle restorative stimulation

Muscle restorative stimulation is a procedure that involves putting electrodes in a muscle. This pain-relieving method uses the existing electrical signals within the muscle as opposed to stimulating more nerves or stimulating the muscles directly. Muscle restorative stimulation is used to treat chronic pain from nerve damage and muscle atrophy.

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