How is peripheral nerve stimulation performed?
This is usually done in 2 stages, several days apart. Stage 1 (Electrode Implantation) You will be taken to the operating theatre and your skin cleaned with antiseptic. Local anaesthetic will be injected and you will be lightly sedated, or alternatively a light general anaesthetic may be administered. An incision will be made and the nerve will be identified and prepared. One or two electrodes (wires) will be placed alongside the relevant nerve or nerves. These will be brought out through the skin, and secured in place. You will then be transferred back to the ward after a brief period of time in the recovery room. These electrodes will be attached to a small external stimulator, and the effects of stimulation on your pain will be tested for at least several days. Throughout your admission you will frequently be asked to score and describe your pain. This will allow us to know if the treatment is working or not. It also gives time for you to decide whether or not you are happy with the