Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation (DRG Stimulation): An Innovative Approach to Pain Management
Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation (DRG Stimulation) is an innovative medical procedure intended to ease chronic pain that has not responded to other treatments. This procedure involves implanting a small device near the dorsal root ganglion – an arrangement of nerve cells along the spinal cord – which emits electrical impulses that target nerve cells responsible for transmitting pain signals, disrupting these messages and providing relief. DRG Stimulation has shown great promise in relieving conditions like Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, chronic lower back pain, and neuropathy inguinal pain among others.
Dr. Ilana Etelzon is an expert in up-to-date pain relief options, including DRG Stimulation.
Candidates for DRG Stimulation typically include individuals who have exhausted other pain management solutions and require further relief. A comprehensive evaluation must first take place, to assess whether DRG stimulation would suit a patient based on type and severity of pain as well as their overall health status. Implanting of DRG stimulators involves minimally invasive surgery with leads placed near the dorsal root ganglion and a generator implanted under the skin; patients can adjust stimulation levels themselves for tailored therapy treatment plans.
DRG Stimulation provides many advantages, from precise pain relief and functionality enhancements to the customizability of the therapy regimen. Furthermore, unlike other pain management strategies, this one offers highly targeted relief with few side effects. Patients can regain mobility and complete daily activities more comfortably while having the option to tailor stimulation levels according to individual pain thresholds and preferences. Recovery after DRG Stimulation surgery tends to be shorter and less intensive than with traditional surgeries, with most patients returning to regular activities within several weeks of having been implanted with electrodes. DRG stimulation provides new hope to those dealing with persistent, treatment-resistant chronic pain by offering personalized and effective solutions that enhance quality-of-life enhancements.
For expert treatment of pain syndromes such as lower back pain, neck pain, pinched nerves, sciatica, and musculoskeletal disorders in New York City, call Dr. Etelzon. She’s highly trained and experienced in pain management and uses a non-operative approach to pain relief that includes minimally invasive procedures and a variety of regenerative therapies.