What is Implantable Therapy?
Implantable therapy is a highly sophisticated approach to various complex pain problems that don’t respond to other standard treatments. It utilizes devices, either spinal cord stimulators or infusion pumps, that are surgically implanted within the body to provide pain relief. These treatments are only used in specific, unusual circumstances. When all other treatments have not been successful, Dr. Greenberg may recommend certain patients for Implantable Therapy.
About Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulators are devices that can be placed in the epidural space just outside of the spinal canal to manage your various nerve pain syndromes. This treatment can be effective when spinal surgery has left a patient with ongoing back and leg pain that is unresponsive to other interventions. This treatment is most useful for pain that radiates into the extremities. Spinal cord stimulation requires an external trial of a removable device to determine efficacy before proceeding to an implanted device.
About Infusion Pumps
An infusion pump implanted in the body delivers analgesic medications directly into the spinal fluid. Dr. Greenberg monitors and manages these highly complex and sophisticated devices. For some patients this can be an effective way of controlling chronic intractable pain that is unresponsive to less invasive treatments.
What Does Implantable Therapy Treat?
- Post Laminectomy Syndrome
- Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
- Severe Nerve Injury
- Phantom Limb Pain
- Cancer Pain