The field of neurosurgery has much to offer when it comes to pain control. There are a number of procedures, ranging from actual surgeries to outpatient minimally-invasive techniques, that can help with pain.
We offer conventional spine surgery to those people for whom it is the best option. This might include discectomy, laminectomy or even fusions, if necessary.
For other patients, we have procedures that change the way the body processes pain signals. These include electrically stimulating different parts of the nervous system, such as the peripheral nerves, spinal cord or even the brain. With other circumstances, in particular with cancer pain, we can deliver very small amounts of different medications directly to the spinal cord or brain through an implanted pump. These are all minimally-invasive procedures and are placed entirely within the body.
We can also change the body’s pain pathways using a probe placed through a needle in an outpatient procedure done without needing anesthesia (e.g., cordotomy, myelotomy, nucleotractotomy).
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