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.

Get Relief from Back Pain and Sciatica – Part II

If you suffer from back pain and/or sciatica, you’ll be happy to know that Sol Kamson, MD, at the Spine Institute Northwest, is always on the lookout for the most up-to-date ways to offer patients relief. Dr. Kamson is a skilled surgeon who utilizes minimally invasive surgical procedures to relieve your discomfort and have you back to performing your normal everyday routines in a short period of time. Aside from procedures such as endoscopic decompression, interbody fusion and facet fixation, Solomon Kamson at the Spine Institute Northwest, offers other treatment modalities that can help you feel better without having to undergo invasive surgery.

Ease Nerve Pain with Radio Frequency Neurotomy

This minimally invasive procedure works to deaden the nerve that is causing your pain. A radio frequency neurotomy can provide you with pain relief for months, and some patients report having no painful symptoms for a year or even longer.

Using a fluoroscopy, a kind of X-ray showing live images as he works, Dr. Kamson can guide radio frequency needles to the area from which pain is originating. When the needles are in the exact spots they needs to be, Dr. Kamson then applies thermal energy. In this way, the radio waves interrupt the nerve impulses that tell the brain to feel pain.

This is a quick procedure that can be completed in less than an hour. A radio frequency neurotomy is done in the outpatient surgical center, with a short recovery period before you are then sent home. Some patients of Sol Kamson will need a second treatment after six months or up to a year later, while others experience relief for longer than a year.

After Dr. Kamson performs this procedure, you will likely feel soreness at the insertion site of the needle and heat energy infusion. Patients are advised to rest for the next 24-48 hours, after which they may go back to their normal routines in most cases.

Relief Using Endoscopic Nerve Excision

Dr. Kamson also performs endoscopic nerve excision, which is similar to radio frequency neurotomy, with the difference being the use of an endoscope to help in removing the nerve rather than just deadening it. The main cause of your pain, such as a bulging disc, will not be removed, but the nerve that is causing you to feel painful symptoms will be excised in order to halt discomfort.

The soreness and recovery time period for undergoing endoscopic nerve excision is just a few day’s rest longer than what you would need following a radio frequency neurotomy.

These two procedures may be very helping in relieving the pain associated with a facet disease. Call Solomon Kamson MD at Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, to schedule your appointment for a consultation. There is no need to live with chronic pain, as Dr. Kamson can provide you with many alternative treatments so you can live an active life once again.