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Spinal Cord Stimulator Specialist

Advanced Pain Management

Anuj Gupta, M.D.

Pain Management Physician & Anesthesiology located in Vista, CA

If back pain, nerve pain, or other types of chronic pain diminish your quality of life, a spinal cord stimulator may be the solution you’ve been searching for. At Advanced Pain Management in Vista, California, board-certified doctor Anuj Gupta, MD, and his experienced pain management team are highly qualified to implant spinal cord stimulators to help you achieve long-lasting pain relief. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to find out if the procedure is right for you.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Q & A

What is a spinal cord stimulator?

A spinal cord stimulator is a tiny pacemaker-like device Dr. Gupta can implant just beneath your skin. The device delivers electrical pulses to your spinal cord to mask pain signals before they reach your brain. Doing so offers pain relief to help you avoid taking addictive opioids.

What are spinal cord stimulators used for?

Dr. Gupta and his team use spinal cord stimulators to reduce the following types of chronic pain:

  • Post-surgical pain
  • Back and neck pain
  • Heart pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Abdominal pain
  • Peripheral vascular disease pain
  • Post-amputation pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

Spinal cord stimulation may be an option if conservative pain management treatments haven’t worked. It can help you sleep better, reduce the need for addictive pain medicines, and restore your quality of life.

Is a spinal cord stimulator right for me?

The Advanced Pain Management team lets you know if you’re a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation after reviewing your symptoms and medical history. They complete an exam and might use blood tests, MRIs, X-rays, or other imaging procedures to diagnose the cause of your pain and find the right treatment for you.

What should I expect during stimulator implantation?

Prior to spinal cord stimulator implantation, Dr. Gupta might recommend a temporary device for you to try. He uses X-ray-guided fluoroscopy to insert electrodes into targeted areas of your spine. You can wear a temporary device outside your body during the trial period. 

During spinal cord stimulator implantation, the Advanced Pain Management team uses local anesthesia with sedation so you don’t feel any pain. Dr. Gupta inserts a tiny device underneath your skin, secures electrodes in place using fluoroscopy, and closes your incision site. The procedure might last one to two hours.

What happens after the procedure?

You can usually go home the same day as spinal cord stimulator implantation but must have someone drive you home. You can remove dressings that cover your incision site after about three days, and incisions usually heal within two to four weeks. You should experience reductions in chronic pain after stimulator implantation. 

Follow all post-surgical instructions, including taking it easy for a week or two after surgery. Attend follow-up appointments with Advanced Pain Management providers. Dr. Gupta and his team may recommend spinal cord stimulation combined with physical therapy, injections, or relaxation techniques.

Don’t settle for living with chronic pain or take addictive pain medicines when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Advanced Pain Management to find out if a spinal cord stimulator is right for you.