Pain pacemaker

If chronic back pain fails to resolve even after treatment with modern methods, a pain pacemaker can provide long-term relief.

Principle: During spinal cord stimulation, gentle impulses inhibit the transmission of pain signals to the brain. This method is effective in cases of post-nucleotomy syndrome, diabetic polyneuropathy, phantom pain and other chronic pain states.

Treatment details

Duration of treatment: test stimulation 1-2 hours, implantation 30 minutes
In-patient stay: outpatient
Protection time: 1 week after the test and 1 week after implantation
Physiotherapy: possible with caution in 8 weeks
Time off work: 1 week after the test and 1 week after implantation

Treatment plan

During a minimally invasive procedure, we implant a fine electrode directly onto the spine. Under local anaesthetics and through constant communication with you, we position the electrode precisely in the correct place. We also check the position of the electrode using X-ray fluoroscopy. Starting from the spinal cord, nerves guide impulses to the brain, thereby interrupting the actual transmission of pain signals. The impulses are produced by an impulse generator - similar to a cardiac pacemaker - via these electrodes. As a result, pain disappears and you perceive a slight tingling in the painful area.

To begin with, we carry out a test stimulation of one to two weeks. During this time, we check whether the pain relief is adequate, whether you are taking fewer and/or less powerful medications, whether you feel well and whether you are able to cope with everyday life better thanks to the stimulation. Following successful test stimulation, the pacemaker is implanted under the skin at a second session. This generates the impulses and conducts them via the electrodes.

We set the impulse characteristics according to the intensity of each individual's pain. You will also receive a programming device, which allows you to adjust the intensity of the stimulation according to changes in the severity of the pain.

Diagram of a pain pacemaker in the body