This describes the type of pain that persists after an injury, and is usually identified with neuropathic pain, i.e. pain that is not due to the injury itself, but to the chronic irritation of a nerve or nerves, and that lasts after the patient’s injuries have healed. Modern neurosurgery can help in the cases when chronic post-traumatic pain is diagnosed and medication is not enough.
Implantation of spinal cord stimulators in the spine
The implantation of spinal cord stimulators in the spine offers significant relief to most of these patients (approximately 60%). A prerequisite is the correct diagnosis of the syndrome, made by specialized doctors (anesthesiologists, neurologists, or neurosurgeons) and the correct choice of patients who may benefit from it. The stimulator is implanted in the patient’s body, usually in the abdomen, and after a short period of training it is used by the patient themselves, through a simple remote control, depending on the intensity and location of the patient’s symptoms. It significantly improves symptoms by controlling pain in the exact area where it occurs. The implant operation is relatively simple. The surgery lasts 30-45 minutes, under general anesthesia, and the duration of postoperative treatment is 2-3 days. The use of the system can start during the hospitalization of the patient and its beneficial effects are immediately felt.