What is the difference between traditional neurostimulation and BurstDR™ stimulation?
With traditional neurostimulation, a small device is used to interrupt pain signals before they reach the brain. The painful feeling is replaced with a different feeling, which some describe as a tingling or massaging sensation.
BurstDR™ stimulation works similarly. However, BurstDR stimulation was designed to manage pain more naturally. It works by mimicking natural patterns found in the brain—modifying pain signals and changing the way your body perceives pain.1 Most patients do not feel any sensation with BurstDR stimulation.2,3 St. Jude Medical offers both therapies—giving you a greater chance at success.
How long will the trial last?
Typically, a trial lasts three to five days, but can last up to 10 days. Your doctor is the best source of information about the length of your trial.
Will I have to stop taking my medication during the evaluation?
While many doctors allow their patients to take medications during the evaluation, every doctor has a different approach. Ask your doctor about taking medication during your evaluation.
Does the trial system procedure hurt?
Most patients receive medication to help with any discomfort and anxiety they may feel as the leads are inserted. As a result, most report very little discomfort during the procedure. However, many report some soreness afterward at the insertion site.
Is the temporary evaluation reversible?
Yes. One of the benefits of the temporary evaluation is that it is designed to be reversible. The removal of a temporary system is simple and often takes less than a minute. It is frequently performed in a doctor’s office or day surgery center.
What can I do during the temporary evaluation? Will I be able to work?
The purpose of the evaluation is to determine your response to neurostimulation and to find out if it controls your pain throughout the day. You may be encouraged to try light activities, such as walking, to see if neurostimulation relieves your pain during those activities. Your doctor may advise you to avoid strenuous activities. If your job is strenuous, you may or may not be able to return to work. Your doctor will determine what is best for you.
Will my insurance cover this?
The evaluation procedure and implanted system are typically covered by most major insurance plans, Medicare and workers’ compensation programs. You will need to work with your doctor’s office and insurance company to determine your coverage.
What are the risks?
Talk to your doctor about complications related to the implant procedure and/or device, which include:
- Undesirable changes in stimulation
- The loss of strength or use in an affected limb or muscle group (e.g., paralysis)
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