Neurostimulation Can Be Used Safely
In general, neuro stimulation is safe and has been used to treat pain for more than 30 years; however, there are some common safety concerns associated with surgery and neuro stimulation. Only you and your health care provider can determine if the benefits of the procedure outweigh the potential risks.
Surgery Safety Concerns
Safety concerns related to any surgical procedure include pain, bleeding or infection at the surgical site and risks associated with anesthesia. All types of anesthesia have some risks but major complications or side effects are rare. Risks also depend on your general health status before the procedure and what type of anesthesia you receive (local, regional or general).
Monitored anesthesia care typically is used during a procedure to implant a neuro stimulator. Monitored anesthesia care (MAC) involves using local anesthesia with sedation and pain control. During MAC, your pain and any anxiety you may feel about surgery will be controlled through medications. You may be able to answer questions or you may be too drowsy. The lower doses of anesthetic used during MAC often means less nausea. Depending on the amount of anesthetic and sedation used, you may have a risk of lowered blood pressure and changes in breathing.
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