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Peripheral nerve stimulation FAQs

Find out more about peripheral nerve stimulation treatment in these frequently asked questions.

Peripheral nerve stimulation can treat many painful nerve-related conditions, including:

  • Chronic nerve pain
  • Pinched or trapped nerves (often caused by herniated discs)
  • Sciatica
  • Nerve damage
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Chronic migraines.

Some patients experience the following side effects after their PNS device is fitted:

  • Headaches.
  • Dizziness.
  • Nausea.
  • Pain at the surgical site.
  • Bleeding or weeping at the surgical site.

These side effects are usually manageable and short-lived, but your consultant can help with any issues you’re worried about.

Yes, PNS is a safe procedure (though more modern techniques are often recommended instead). There is a low risk of infection, nerve damage, and failure of the PNS device. However these safety issues can be minimised by choosing a safe, reliable hospital to perform your PNS procedure.

The PNS procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, so you shouldn’t feel much pain or discomfort throughout. As the anaesthetic wears off, you might feel some soreness at the implantation site for a few days.

When the device has been implanted, and the area has healed, you should feel a significant reduction in pain. According to the NHS, a peripheral nerve stimulator reduces pain by approximately 50% in 60-80% of patients.

It can take a few weeks to recover from implanting a peripheral nerve stimulator. You may feel quite tired for 3-4 weeks after the surgery, but this will subside and you’ll soon be able to return to work and other activities (normally within 4-6 weeks).

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Learn more about peripheral nerve stimulators

Read more to find out all you need to know about peripheral nerve stimulators for back and nerve pain.

58%-80% of PNS patients experience at least a 50% reduction in pain, so the majority of patients will see significant improvements.

While peripheral nerve stimulation targets the peripheral nerves, spinal cord stimulation sends electrical impulses within the spinal cord. So, the wires are usually positioned in a different place, though both can be used to treat similar types of pain.

While both PNS and TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) use electrical currents to relieve back pain, TENS is a non-invasive treatment option. You can buy a TENS machine from a supermarket or pharmacy and use it without the need for surgery.

Meanwhile, PNS is a more permanent procedure requiring a small operation to implant the device.

You shouldn’t drive with a peripheral nerve stimulator until you have been signed off to do so 4-6 weeks after your procedure. Speak to your consultant about when you can drive with a PNS device fitted.

A peripheral nerve stimulator sends small electrical impulses through the nerves, resulting in a tingling or pins and needles-type sensation that masks your pain.

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