Neuromodulation surgery has been gaining popularity as a minimally invasive procedure for treating chronic pain from different health disorders, including Parkinson’s disease. The procedure involves implanting devices into the target areas and transmitting electrical current to modify nerve activity, relieving chronic pain and restoring bowel and bladder function. The different forms of neuromodulation surgery Marina Del Rey include the following:
Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation
This neuromodulation treatment involves implanting a small device under your skin to transmit electrical impulses to the nerve cells located in your spinal column. The dorsal root ganglion is responsible for transmitting pain signals to your brain, so stimulating it with electrical energy disrupts and blocks pain signals from reaching your brain. This procedure is minimally invasive, and your provider can customize your treatment to provide optimal relief from your pain. DRG stimulation can address chronic back pain, nerve damage, and complex regional pain syndrome. Unlike spinal cord stimulation, which affects your whole spinal cord, DRG stimulation targets a few areas, leading to fewer side effects.
Muscle restorative stimulation
This technique utilizes electrical impulses to stimulate your muscles, improving the range of motion, muscle strength, and overall function. During the procedure, your doctor will attach electrodes on your skin over the target muscle groups and deliver electric current through these muscles. This current can activate malfunctioning muscle fibers, reduce inflammation, promote healing, and improve blood flow to the treatment area. Your provider may combine treatment with exercise and physical therapy to help you achieve optimal physical function. Muscle restoration stimulation has proven effective in treating spasticity, paralysis, and muscle weakness. It can also address chronic pain like neck pain and back pain. Although this procedure is effective, it is not for everyone. For instance, if you have other implanted devices, you may not be eligible for this treatment.
Spinal cord stimulation
During spinal cord stimulation, your cord implants a small device under your skin, similar to a pacemaker, and transmits electrical impulses to your spinal cord to relieve chronic pain. The impulses block the pain signals from reaching your brain and stimulate the production of endorphins, natural pain-fighting chemicals. Dr. Mesiwala may recommend this procedure if you have not received relief from other treatments. He will adjust the frequency and level of the impulses to match your specific needs. Spinal cord stimulation can treat neuropathic, back, and neck pain resistant to other treatments. It is a minimally invasive treatment; many patients report experiencing long-term relief after treatment.
Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS)
During the procedure, your doctor places small electrodes near the target nerves and delivers electrical impulses to block your pain signals. Medical experts recommend PNS as an alternative to opioid medication which can be addictive. The team performs the procedure on an outpatient basis and is at low risk of complications. This procedure is a promising treatment for patients struggling with chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, bladder dysfunction, and incontinence. PNS can also address neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease by modulating your brain’s motor circuits.
If you are looking for relief from chronic pain, call Dr. Mesiwala or book an appointment online for neuromodulation surgery.