Pain Management Surgeries
Specialists in pain management perform surgical procedures that are life-changing for those suffering from chronic pain. These include surgically implantable drug delivery systems that use a small pump to deliver medication directly to receptors in the spinal cord; direct delivery requires significantly lower doses of medication in comparison to oral medications. Some of the more common pain management procedures are:
Nerve Block Injections
One of the surgical options for pain management is a nerve block. Using injections in strategic locations, pain signals can be blocked from reaching a nerve. Blocks can be used for short-term relief, to determine a source of pain and as anesthesia in smaller procedures.
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Surgeons may elect to implant a neurostimulator to help control chronic pain. This tiny electric device uses electrical impulses that can travel through the nervous system to stimulate painful nerves.
Implants are recommended to patients who have had other types of treatment fail, and who have no other problems associated with their spinal chord or nervous system.
Using a catheter, physicians can place a shunt that draws cerebrospinal fluid out of the ventricles of the brain. Valves in modern shunts are programmed to control the amount of fluid from the brain.
A ventriculoperitoneal shunt is often used to treat a build up of pressure in the cranium, mostly due to hydrocephalus. This surgery is performed under general anesthesia and, it usually takes under two hours.