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Why it's done

Spinal cord stimulation is sometimes used when back surgery fails or for peripheral neuropathy, which is severe pain in the arms, legs, hands or feet.

What to expect

During the procedure, your doctor implants a device and carefully places electrodes to provide stimulation in the right place. Your care team will work with you to make sure the electrodes are placed correctly and to see if they are providing adequate pain relief. This may take some testing and adjusting.

Results

Many patients who undergo this procedure are significantly relieved of their back pain.

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