About Spinal Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation uses mild electrical pulses from a small implanted device to interfere with pain messages being sent to the brain. Spinal cord stimulation has been used for decades to treat a wide range of back pain as non-pharmaceutical solutions for pain management have become more popular. Unlike many spinal procedures that involve major surgery and permanently affixing hardware to the spinal column, spinal cord stimulation devices can be tested for a one-week trial period to see if the patient perceives any benefit. Dr. Kendall Carll of Spine Care of North Texas is a board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon with more than 15 years of experience treating complex back conditions. Dr. Carll uses spinal cord stimulation to help chronic back pain sufferers achieve relief. Contact one of our North Texas facilities for more information.
"I recently experienced a pinched nerve that severely affected my ability to use my right hand. I contacted Dr. Carll who immediately went to work on my behalf. Knowing that this was a time sensitive situation Dr. Carll went out of his way to ensure that I received the appropriate MRIs, CAT scans, and nerve studies to properly diagnose my situation. After reviewing all the test Dr. Carll exhibited true professionalism and integrity by referring me out to Dr. Patty Young (I am so thankful for your referral) who specialized in the surgery that I would need. Dr. Carll could’ve chosen to operate because I had several degenerative disc, however he chose ethics over profit. Dr. Carll is a true professional that will put your health over profit! When it comes to your health there’s nothing more important than having a doctor that you can trust to be professional and ethical. Thank you Dr. Carll for providing me with both!"- K.H. / Google / Aug 29, 2018
"Dr. Carll is THE BEST!!! I had to have an A-lift spinal fusion and never before have I seen such a caring doctor and staff. They held my hand through my fears were actually there for me and more throughout the process. I don't believe there is a more caring, more compassionate doctor than Dr. Carll. Thanks to him and his amazing abilities I can feel my right leg again and now live without pain. I will forever be grateful to this office and Dr. Carll for being there for me as a person and as a patient.-Nicole Baucum"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 17, 2019
"Excellent care - Very compassionate doctor! Truly cares about your pain and issues."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 12, 2019
"Excellent Care!! - I had put off my 360 Spinal Fusion for over a decade, relying on epidurals to deal with the pain. After doing two years of thorough research, I chose Dr. Kendall Carll at the Spine Care of North Texas. Being that I’m in the medical industry, I did ask around, too.From the initial consultation, all staff involved were very supportive and explained all aspects of the procedure; including what I could expect during and after the procedure. Because I never really experienced “excruciating” pain, I stopped taking all pain meds three days after the procedure. I was up and walking the day of the procedure and followed all directives. I was up several times a day walking and learning how to use steps; since I my place is two levels.The staff did a great job setting up my home health care; which included a nurse and a physical therapist. They, too, did an outstanding job. A large part of my job involves air travel. I felt so “good” I reached out to see if I was ok to travel. I followed all restrictions, primarily lifting, and was able to take a two-hour flight. This is amazing considering it was only 23 days post-surgery.If you’re like me and will use insurance, be sure to do the match; to make sure your rehab will be completed by the end of the year.“I am 100% satisfied with my experience with Spine Care of North Texas. Every single person on staff was terrific, and the system worked flawlessly. I now refer all my friends and family to them."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 04, 2019
"From the initial consultation, all staff involved were very supportive and explained all aspects of the procedure; including what I could expect during and after the procedure. Because I never really experienced “excruciating” pain, I stopped taking all pain meds three days after the procedure. I was up and walking the day of the procedure and followed all directives. I was up several times a day walking and learning how to use steps; since I my place is two levels. They are the best!!!"- E.E. / Healthgrades / Feb 04, 2019
Only an experienced spine surgeon can determine if you are an ideal candidate for spinal cord stimulation. Dr. Carll recommends this procedure to patients who have:
- Chronic pain after one or more back or neck surgeries (sometimes referred to as failed back surgery syndrome)
- Arachnoiditis: painful inflammation and scarring of the protective layers of the spinal nerves
- Chronic back pain with or without leg pain
- Chronic neck pain with or without arm pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome: a chronic progressive disease characterized by severe pain and swelling
- Peripheral neuropathy: a constant burning pain of the legs caused by the most distant nerves dying off
The implantation procedure will be completed as an outpatient procedure under general and local anesthesia. After numbing the injection site, Dr. Carll will insert a hollow needle into the epidural space with the help of fluoroscopy (x-ray technology). This needle contains the wires, leads, and electrical contacts needed for stimulation. The permanent leads and then implanted, at times requiring the removal of a small portion of the lamina (small bone covering the spinal cord). At this point in the procedure, the patient will be woken up to help Dr. Carll manipulate the leads into the proper place. Next, the patient is put back to sleep while the generator is implanted under the skin. This typically requires a small incision to the abdomen, buttocks, or chest.
What to Expect
As with any surgery, the initial recovery period following spinal cord stimulation implantation can be painful. Complete recovery may take six to eight weeks, and certain physical activities will be off limits for three or four months. While pain medications can be used to treat postoperative pain, long-term use is highly discouraged.
To reach pain relief, each patient will have to develop his or her own spinal stimulation habits. For some people, using a spinal stimulation device that produces high-frequency pulses, as opposed to low-frequency pulses, has proven more effective for pain management. Both high- and low-frequency systems effectively relieve pain in the legs and feet, but low-frequency therapy has generally not worked as well for direct back pain. Studies have also found that significantly more people improved their back function and were able to reduce or eliminate opioid use when using high-frequency therapy, rather than low-frequency therapy.
Successful Pain Reduction
Spinal cord stimulation does not eliminate all pain but it has the potential to significantly reduce it, helping you to regain a better quality of life. Finding effective treatment for chronic back and neck pain can be challenging, but Dr. Carll and the team at Spine Care of North Texas have helped countless patients find solutions that work for them. If you are interested in and ready to obtain relief from your chronic back pain, there is no better time to get started. We offer treatment from four convenient locations in Frisco, Plano, and Addison, TX. Call us today to schedule your appointment.