Spinal Cord Stimulator Specialist

Carl Hess, MD

Board Certified Pain Management Specialist & Anesthesiologist located in Fullerton, CA

A spinal cord stimulator, an implanted device that intercepts pain signals before they reach your brain, can be the ideal solution for chronic pain. If you’re ready to get longer-lasting relief than pain medication can offer, Carl A. Hess, MD, can help with spinal cord stimulation. With his 30 years of experience in spinal cord stimulator implantation, Dr. Hess has advanced skills and even teaches other physicians how to implement the most effective techniques. Call the office in Fullerton, California, or request an appointment online today.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Q & A

What is a spinal cord stimulator?

A spinal cord stimulator is a small device that Dr. Hess places in your back or abdomen. The spinal cord stimulator system includes a pulse generator and slender wire leads. The pulse generator fires electrical pulses that move through the leads to reach the specific nerves that cause you pain. The impulses intercept the pain signals, masking them, so they don't reach your brain and cause a pain response. 

Spinal cord stimulators are permanent medical devices that contain rechargeable batteries. You can recharge the batteries easily by wearing a charger belt around your waist. 

Am I a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator?

If you're struggling with chronic pain that doesn't respond to other treatments, a spinal cord stimulator could be right for you. Before you get a permanent spinal cord stimulator, you'll have a trial stimulator in which Dr. Hess implants trial leads that connect to an external impulse generator. 

You'll wear the trial device for up to a week and then return to the office to discuss your results. If you experienced relief from at least half of your pain, Dr. Hess might recommend proceeding with the permanent spinal cord stimulator procedure.

What conditions can a spinal cord stimulator help with?

A spinal cord stimulator can treat a wide range of chronic pain, including:

  • Lower back pain, which may shoot down your leg 
  • Neck pain, which may shoot down your arm
  • Failed neck or lumbar spinal surgery
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Neuropathy pain

For many patients, a spinal cord stimulator is an excellent long-term answer for chronic pain. 

How do you operate a spinal cord stimulator?

You operate the spinal cord stimulator with a simple remote control. Dr. Hess programs the remote control and explains how to use it for optimal effect. You can switch the impulses on and off, increase or reduce the level of stimulation, and program the remote easily at home. 

If you’re feeling hopeless about chronic pain, don’t give up. For three decades, Carl A. Hess, MD, has helped patients like you live a normal life again with spinal cord stimulators and other advanced pain management solutions. Call the office or request an appointment online today.