If you have severe or ongoing nerve pain and want relief, rely on the Pain Institute of Nevada in Las Vegas. Board-certified pain medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Katherine Travnicek, MD, offers innovative peripheral nerve stimulation to reduce discomfort, allowing you to have the best quality of life possible. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Peripheral nerve stimulation treats ongoing nerve pain that might feel crippling when left untreated. Your peripheral nerves extend outside of your central nervous system (your spinal cord and brain) to the extremities.
During your procedure, Dr. Travnicek implants a small medical device under your skin to target painful nerves and reduce pain signals to your brain. The device sends electrical signals to targeted tissues. It’s a minimally invasive, highly effective procedure that offers you relief from ongoing discomfort.
You might be a candidate for peripheral nerve stimulation if you struggle with one or more of the following conditions:
Dr. Travnicek may suggest peripheral nerve stimulation if other treatments haven’t worked to get rid of bothersome discomfort.
Dr. Travnicek reviews your medications, medical history, and symptoms to find out if the procedure is right for you. She checks your vital signs, completes a physical exam, and may order blood tests, nerve tests, X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures.
To get ready for peripheral nerve stimulation, it’s important to follow Dr. Travnicek’s instructions. She may ask you to avoid foods and drinks before your scheduled appointment or stop taking certain medications. Don’t smoke, and arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.
Before you undergo peripheral nerve stimulation, you might receive a mild sedative to help you relax. Dr. Travnicek numbs the treatment area so you can avoid any discomfort. There will be a trial period where you get to use the device for a week and see if it reduces your pain and increases function. If it works well, then the permanent device will be recommended.
After the procedure, you rest for a short time in the recovery area and learn how to properly use the stimulation device before having someone drive you home. Follow your post-surgery instructions, including keeping the treatment area dry and avoiding strenuous activity until Dr. Travnicek allows it. Follow up with her to make sure your treatment is working effectively.
To learn more about how peripheral nerve stimulation can reduce nerve pain, call the Pain Institute of Nevada office or schedule an appointment online today.