The hospital in Canton recently became the first Atlanta-area facility to use a next-generation spinal cord stimulator, Precision Spectra, designed to provide pain relief to chronic pain patients. The procedure was performed by neurosurgeon Dr. Daniel Moore.
"One in three Americans suffers from chronic, debilitating pain; it is the number one cause of adult disability in the United States and can affect every aspect of a person’s life, from relationships to emotional well-being," said Dr. Moore in a press release from the hospital. "With new technologies, we now have the potential to provide more pain relief and improved outcomes to these patients."
Traditional treatment options of chronic pain include over-the-counter medications, physical therapy, prescription drugs and invasive surger
Spinal cord stimulation is an alternate, less-invasive treatment option, which involves delivering electrical signals to the spinal cord to mask pain signals. According to the press release, s small pulse generator is surgically implanted in the patient, while thin wires are placed in the space above the spinal cord. The ends of the wires contain contacts that send electrical impulses to nerve fibers selectively along the spinal cord, masking the pain message traveling to the brain. The pain is replaced with a soothing, tingling sensation.
"Northside Hospital-Cherokee understands the importance of investing in state-of-the-art technology in order to provide the latest treatments and better outcomes to our patients," said Billy Hayes, CEO, Northside Hospital-Cherokee. "We are proud to be the first hospital in Metro Atlanta to offer this new device."