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Spinal cord stimulation is a form of neuromodulation procedure technique that involves managing spinal pain effectively with the use of implantable pulse generator (IPG, form of spinal "pace maker") that helps control the pain. It is a simple day case procedure that involves placing electrodes in a epidural space (outside the spinal column) and IPG the "the pace maker" in the buttock area. The IPG generates pulses or electrical stimulation that helps to over come the pain. This is done in two-stage process to make sure that therapy is effective and the whole process is reversible. The procedure is usually done under general anaesthesia and the patients are able to go home the same day.
The therapy is NICE approved and currently 1500 implants are performed annually in UK. Professor Vivek Mehta is a pioneer in the therapy and currently done more than 300 implants. He is Clinical Network Director of Pain at Barts Health NHS Trust (St Bartholomew's Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, Whipps Cross University Hospital and Newham General Hospital), London performing this therapy in NHS. He is available at Holly Private Hospital and The Spire London East Hospital, London offering this to private patients. He is an elected member of Neuromodulation Society of UK and Ireland and pioneer in research activities. His patients have featured on channel 4, BBC radio, The Times, Daily Mail and had national and international press coverage (link). The success stories of patients range from successful London Marathon (6 hours 35 minutes, link) and road bike race from London to Brighton (78 miles and came 6th out of 2500+ cyclists)
For patients who have back and leg pain with numbness or pins and needles
For patients who have predominantly back pain that is localised to the back
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Thousands of Britons have back and leg pain due to damaged nerves. Kerry Taylor, 41, a pre-school teacher from Romford in Essex had a new implant to tackle the problem, as she tells Carol Davis.Read more
"I've got the day off. Sun's out. I'm going to ride my bike".
William gives the details of his experiences living with pain and his life before and after his treatment.
A very useful infographic detailing aspects of Chronic Pain including a history of treating pain, definitions, prevalence and personal impact as well as the economic and societal burden.Read more
Agonising pain in my lower back came out of the blue about 19 years ago. It started as a constant dull ache, and my GP told me to try to cope with it as they didn’t know the cause and said it was just one of those things.Read more
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