Occipital Nerve Stimulator Removal

An occipital nerve stimulator removal is a surgical procedure to remove a surgically implanted nerve stimulation device.

Occipital Nerve Stimulator Removal


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Occipital Nerve Stimulator Removal Procedure

An occipital nerve stimulator removal is a surgical procedure to remove a surgically implanted nerve stimulation device. These devices are commonly offered to patients who suffer from chronic back pain. When surgeons implant a spinal cord stimulator, the goal is to achieve a 50% or more reduction in chronic pain. If patients find that the device is ineffective in managing their pain, they may consider an occipital nerve stimulator removal procedure. It is typically recommended that patients live with the spinal cord stimulator for a year before deciding on removal. This allows them to compare their pain before and after the surgical implantation of the nerve stimulator.

Spinal cord stimulators are an option for patients experiencing nerve damage-related chronic pain. When a nerve is damaged, it can send unnecessary pain signals to the brain. A spinal cord stimulator can disrupt these signals. 

When is This Procedure Necessary?

The patient will be under general anesthesia throughout the procedure to ensure their comfort. During the procedure, the surgeon will make an incision along your side or lower back to access the affected vertebrae. Once the surgeon has accessed the target area, they will remove the intervertebral disc from between three vertebrae. They will then place a bone graft between these vertebrae. This graft can be made from bone or using a synthetic material. The surgeon will then use screws to secure the vertebrae in place. When all adjustments are made, the surgeon will close the incision.


What To Expect

Patients will be under general anesthesia to ensure their comfort throughout the procedure. Therefore, patients need to follow any instructions provided by their surgeon the day following and the day of surgery. This may include fasting, stopping smoking, and other instructions depending on the patient. These instructions will help to ensure a successful surgery. 

During the procedure, the surgeon will begin by cutting a small incision along the patient’s hip joint. The surgeon will then use a surgical instrument such as an arthroscope to view the area during the procedure. They will drill a hole in the area and remove any dead bone. If necessary, the surgeon will also perform cell therapy by delivering blood and progenitor cells to help restore function. 

After the procedure, patients are expected to follow a specific physical therapy program. This will help them restore function and regain muscle and balance. Most of the time, the surgeon will prescribe pain medications so the patient can manage any pain associated with recovery. Although this is considered a minimally invasive procedure, full recovery can take up to nine months.

Occipital Nerve Stimulator Removal with Smith Medical

At Smith Medical, we understand the complexities of healthcare. In many cases, procedures and treatments are unaffordable because of their high price tags. Our direct pay option allows patients without insurance access to quality healthcare. It is Smith Medical’s mission to provide our patients with the accessible, transparent, and quality care they deserve.

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