A spinal cord stimulator is a small device with electrodes that is placed in epidural space. Spinal cord stimulator trials are performed under live x-ray guidance in order to ensure the accuracy and safety of the procedure.The epidural space is located in your spine within the spinal canal.
The patient will be asked to lie on their stomach and theirback will be cleaned with an antiseptic, and a sterile drape will be placed. The physician will inject a local anesthetic to numb the skin. An epidural needle will then be guided to the epidural space. The lead will be placed in the epidural space under x-ray guidance. During the procedure, the patient would be able to give feedback and confirm proper coverage of their painful areas.
The potential risks of side effects are very low and include spinal cord stimulator infection, bleeding, allergic reaction, and prolonged increases in pain.