Get Relief from Back Pain and Sciatica – Part III

Dr. Solomon Kamson, MD, understands that persistent back pain has a huge negative impact on your quality of life. He takes the time to help you choose the best minimally invasive treatment for pain relief. Sol Kamson is highly skilled at performing the most modern treatment procedures now available to relieve pain without resorting to invasive surgery.

The procedures that have been discussed for relieving various types of back pain include endoscopic decompression, facet fixation, interbody fusion, radio frequency neurotomy, and endoscopic nerve excision. Dr. Kamson can also treat your chronic back pain using a pain pump or spinal cord stimulators.

Pain Pump Implants

Some people can effectively treat their back pain with oral medications, but these often have undesirable side effects. Medications may also need to be increased in dosage in order to achieve higher levels of pain relief as your body becomes used to certain types of drugs.

A pain pump delivers medicine straight to the pain’s source. This delivery method requires a lesser medication dosage, as the drug will not have to pass throughout your entire body, but rather it will be delivered directly to the spinal fluid for quick, strong pain relief.

Solomon Kamson at Spine Institute Northwest will surgically implant a pain pump beneath the skin of your abdomen. From there, a tiny catheter runs the medicine from the pump to your spinal column. This minimally invasive treatment is especially suitable for those who suffer from chronic, severe back pain when other treatment modalities have not worked well enough or the side effects of oral medications are too severe.
A pain pump is installed in two steps. First, the doctor inserts a temporary catheter to determine its effectiveness on relieving your pain. If the first step is successful, Dr. Kamson will then schedule the surgery to insert a pain pump. This outpatient procedure takes about two hours to perform. Every few months, the doctor will refill the pump, which only takes a few moments and requires no surgery.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Implants

Electrical signals delivered to the spinal nerves can relieve back pain, though inserting a spinal cord stimulator is an invasive procedure. For certain patients, however, this technique can work wonders as an analgesic. When other avenues of pain relief have failed to work, spinal cord stimulators may be the answer to solving chronic back pain issues. Dr. Kamson can place a tiny stimulator beneath the skin of your lower back or buttocks.  There is a thin wire attached which travels from the stimulator to the area of pain. When the device is turned on, patients may feel a tingling when the electrical current stimulates the nerves. Before Dr. Kamson inserts a spinal cord stimulator, he will test your body’s response to the low electrical current to ensure the effect is not uncomfortable.

If you’d like to get  more information, please schedule an appointment with one of our patient advocates by contacting the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, today.