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Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Can Help If You Still Have Pain After Knee Replacement

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Can Help If You Still Have Pain After Knee Replacement

Investing your time and money into surgery is no small matter, and you expect results. But all too often, your efforts to relieve the pain prove fruitless, and you wind up in just as much (if not more) discomfort than before your operation. 

That’s where we come in.

Our team of experts at US Neuropathy Centers has the answer to your persistent post-op knee pain: peripheral nerve stimulation. Here’s a closer look at how this advanced treatment can benefit you. 

Why your knee still hurts after replacement surgery

There are a few reasons why your knee may hurt after you’ve had it surgically replaced. Some pain is completely normal, and you may be a bit uncomfortable for several weeks following the procedure. 

But when your pain continues and/or is more severe than it should be, it’s time to investigate possible complications. 

Sometimes, an infection or blood clot forms. In these cases, you feel sudden, intense pain, and you should seek emergency medical attention as quickly as possible. 

Other times, your postoperative pain isn’t a serious threat to your health but the result of problems with your implant. 

For instance, the implant can loosen, fall out of place, and irritate your nerves. It may also be that your implant wasn’t placed properly — a mistake even skilled surgeons can make. 

Whatever’s causing your pain, we’re dedicated to helping you find the solution. Often, that means employing peripheral nerve stimulation. 

How peripheral nerve stimulation can help

With peripheral nerve stimulation, we can target specific nerves and prevent them from sending pain signals to your brain. 

This procedure involves placing an electrode near the malfunctioning nerve. The electrode is connected to a handheld remote control that allows you to control the frequency and intensity of the electric pulses and manage your pain on your own terms. 

Peripheral nerve stimulation occurs in two phases. The first stage is a trial period, where we place a temporary electrode and monitor your progress for a week. If the trial period proves effective, we implant a permanent device. 

What you can expect

Placement of the permanent device takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. It’s a minimally invasive procedure and only requires a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. 

Bonus: You should be able to get up and walk around shortly after and get back to your regular activities with little to no downtime. 

We give you detailed instructions on caring for both the implantation site and the device. Most of our patients experience near-immediate pain relief and enjoy the autonomy of being able to control their pain relief. 

Are you ready to finally step away from knee pain? We’d love to talk with you. Call or click to schedule an appointment at our Marietta, Georgia, office today.

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