August 15, 2016 – For one patient suffering from chronic pain who required crutches to walk for two years, a new procedure gave him his life and his freedom back. Kenneth C. Lewis, MD of Western Rockies Interventional Pain Specialists performed this procedure at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center’s Outpatient Procedure Center in Fruita, becoming the first physician in Colorado to utilize a new pain management system that had this patient walking unaided and unencumbered by crutches shortly after his procedure.
The new FDA-approved Boston Scientific Precision Montage™ MRI Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) System provides customized relief to chronic pain patients while also offering safe access to full-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This MRI conditional system modulates the nerves by offering multiple waveforms of varying intensity that adapt to pain over time – an important feature as 72 percent of pain sufferers in a recent study required multiple waveforms to optimize pain relief.
“Being able to customize pain relief for my patients is absolutely critical,” said Dr. Lewis. “This is a break-through system for people suffering with chronic pain, particularly for those patients who need to get regular MRI imaging. Providing long term pain relief without needing to use narcotic pain medicine is an ideal treatment option.”
More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which can have a devastating impact on quality of life. Patients with pain sometimes experience a fluctuation in location, type and intensity of pain throughout the day or over time. This new SCS system works to interrupt pain impulses before they reach the brain, making it easier to help patients manage their pain.
A small implantable pulse generator (IPG) and tiny medical leads are implanted into the body. Directed by an external remote control, the IPG generates electrical impulses, masking pain signals as they travel to the brain. The brain perceives these as a gentle, tingling feeling.
“We are always looking for proven ways to manage our patients’ pain,” explained Dr. Lewis. “This new system is an important advancement in managing chronic pain, and is something we’re excited to offer to our patients.”
For a detailed explanation of the system, please visit: controlyourpain.com/spinal-cord-stimulation
For more information, please contact Stacey Mascarenas at Family Health West, 970.858.2170.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lewis, please call Western Rockies Interventional Pain Specialists: 970.858.2562.