There are two phases of spinal cord stimulator implantation. The first phase is a trial, and the second is permanent implantation.
Both phases are completed with minimally invasive surgical procedures. During phase one, Dr. Thomas provides a local anesthetic as well as sedation and uses fluoroscopy to guide a thin, hollow instrument into your spine.
He then slides the electrode through the instrument and into the epidural space. He attaches the electrode to a power generator that you wear in a pouch attached to your belt or around your neck.
Phase one lasts for around a week and allows Dr. Thomas to see that the spinal cord stimulator relieves your pain and will work with a vendor to adjust the settings as needed.
Then, in phase two, the leads are permanently placed in the epidural space. While you have local or regional anesthesia, the power generator is implanted in your lower back and creates a narrow tunnel to attach the electrode in your spine to the power source.