Interventional Pain Management Options
If you live with back, neck, spine, or joint pain, you know the negative impact it can have on your life. In the past, people who had exhausted non-surgical treatment measures had few options short of having a complex surgery. That’s changed. Today, our Pain Management specialists offer several minimally invasive procedures that may provide relief without the long recovery times that can come with other types of surgery.
Hear from the Experts
Listen to Dr. Christina Brooks, Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist, discuss minimally invasive pain surgery options.
Hear from Dr. Christina Brooks
Whether you’re suffering from pain in your joints or your back, neck, or spine, minimally invasive pain surgery could be an option for you. These procedures are outpatient and typically take an hour or less to complete.
Based on your diagnosis and medical history, your surgery options could include:
Chronic Back, Leg, and Nerve Pain
- Peripheral nerve stimulation: Using ultrasound or X-ray guidance, the doctor will place a tiny needle through which a small wire is threaded. Through this treatment, stimulation is applied to the nerve to overwhelm pain as it’s happening. It also reorganizes the nerve inputs to the brain to try to overwhelm or “hit the reset button” on abnormal pathways to try to reach long-term pain relief.
- Radiofrequency ablation: This needle-based procedure uses the targeted application of heat energy to shut down the communicating of pain through affected nerves. This can result in pain relief.
- Spinal cord stimulation: Stimulation is delivered by a neurostimulator — a device similar to a pacemaker — implanted under the skin. The impulses travel from the device to the spine over thin, insulated wires called leads. The leads deliver mild electrical impulses to an area near the spine. By interrupting pain signals between the spinal cord and the brain, the stimulator can help relieve pain.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
- mild® (minimally invasive lumbar decompression): This needle-based procedure involves placing a needle down to the levels of the spine where stenosis or “nerve pinching” is occurring. Through the needle, the physician uses small tools to thin or “debulk” the ligament that is contributing to stenosis. This is all done through an incision smaller than your pinky fingernail.
- Vertiflex™ interspinous spacer implant: Through a tiny incision, a doctor places a small device between the spinous processes — the little bumps one can feel along the back of their spine. Once it’s in place, most patients can stand and walk more easily without the same degree of back and radiating leg pain, since the implant prevents stenosis or “pinching” from worsening with these activities.
Conditions We Treat
Conditions that could be candidates for minimally invasive pain surgery include:
- Back or neck muscle strain
- Degenerative disc/joint disease
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
- Facet arthropathy
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Post-surgical pain
- Sacroiliac joint inflammation
- Sciatica, radiculopathy, and disc herniation
- Vertebral body fracture
Hear From Our Patients
Meet Kay, Back Pain Patient
“I was getting in a state of depression, and I really noticed a change right away [after the procedure].”