For those who struggle with chronic pain it is important to look at all your options. Doctors can do a lot to help provide relief, and it is always best to start with the least invasive options to reduce or eliminate the pain. In some cases where other attempts at treatment have failed, however, more invasive treatments should be considered as long as they are safe. Deep brain stimulation has been used for decades to treat chronic pain and other serious conditions. It has been proven safe and effective on many patients.
If you are interested in deep brain stimulation in NYC you will want to start by learning a little about it. While this certainly should not be your first treatment option, it can provide safe and effective relief for people who have already exhausted other treatments. We can perform deep brain stimulation in our New York, New York offices so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation or to have your questions answered.
What to Expect
When you or a loved one gets deep brain stimulation in NYC it is important to know what to expect. This procedure will only be done after you have worked closely with our doctors to ensure it is the right course of action. Whether you are just starting to consider it or you have the procedure scheduled, however, it is nice to read a little about what this treatment will do.
Deep brain stimulation starts with the doctor carefully implanting electrodes into specific areas of the brain. The electrodes will produce electrical impulses that are intended to help regulate abnormal impulses that are causing the pain (or other issues). These impulses can also help to regulate or alter cell and chemicals in the brain that are believed to cause pain or other issues.
The electrical current is managed by a device that is quite similar to a pacemaker. This device is implanted under the skin of your upper chest. The wires travel from the device to the electrodes in your brain, always remaining under the skin. The doctor can set the strength and frequency of the impulse that is used. Doctors will typically start with low settings and increase them over time to get the results you’re looking for.
While this procedure can sound scary, it has actually been proven to be quite safe with little potential for serious side effects. Of course, it is always a good idea to work with your doctor to have questions answered so that you know what to expect. If you think this procedure may be the answer to your chronic pain, please get in touch with us to schedule an appointment with our doctors. We can be reached at 212-951-1238 or 718-336-5123. We are happy to discuss this and all other treatment options available in our NYC medical offices.