PNS provides targeted pain relief by directly stimulating the peripheral nerve responsible for transmitting pain signals, which can lead to more effective pain control.
PNS can improve your ability to perform daily activities, participate in rehabilitation, and enhance your overall quality of life. It can be used to treat a range of chronic pain conditions, including neuropathic pain, post-amputation pain, and various other chronic pain syndromes.
A PNS is generally considered safe, but it does carry some potential risks. These include infection, migration or displacement of the lead placed near the peripheral nerve, and discomfort at the site of the lead placement.
You will be positioned comfortably, and the area where the lead will be placed will be cleaned and sterilized to reduce the risk of infection. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the lead will be inserted, which helps minimize any potential discomfort during the procedure.
Using specialized equipment, your care team will carefully insert the small, flexible lead near the targeted peripheral nerve. This is typically done under the guidance of imaging techniques, ensuring precise placement.
Once the lead is in place, your care team will conduct stimulation testing by delivering mild electrical pulses through the lead to ensure that it is positioned correctly and providing stimulation to the nerve. Once stimulation testing is successful, the lead will be connected to an external stimulator device. Your provider will adjust the settings to optimize your pain relief.