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The Healthy WAAY: Stimulator Implant Blocks Pain

There's a an implanted device that uses high frequency pulses to nerves to reduce pain in patients

Posted: Jul 19, 2018 12:24 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2018 12:24 PM

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chronic pain affects thirty percent of people in america, according to the new england journal of medicine. that's one reason for the explosion in opioid abuse and addiction. now there is a tool called an h-f ten. as we learned it dramatically reduced pain for many patients. vo/narration...... alisha constancio couldn't play with daisy three months ago. a car accident left her with chronic pain and headaches. cg alisha constancio hf 10 patient in: :11 out: :19 "i couldn't even dress myself or shower without having or experiencing a flare up or severe pain." vo/narration...... alisha was on four drugs and tried other treatments, but her life was still dominated by pain. then, doctor vernon williams told her about the h-f ten neurostimulator , an implanted device that sends high frequency pulses to nerves through wires near the spine. cg vernon williams, md director, ctr. for sports neurology and pain medication kerlan-jobe institute in: :36 out: :47 "potentially, you can turn up or turn down certain signals, turn off certain pain signals and give significant improvement of pain without the need for opioids or other medications." vo/narration...... doctor williams says the h-f ten uses high frequency, eliminating a side effect of other neurostimulator s. vernon williams, md in: :54 out: 1:08 "what that means for the individual is that when they have that stimulator on, and it's covering an area where they have pain, they don't feel paresthesia, meaning they don't feel tingling or buzzing, any kind of uncomfortable sensation." vo/narration...... graphic: in: 1:08 out: 1:15 eighty percent of patients in a clinical trial reported losing at least half their pain, and it seems to last. alisha controls the pulses with this remote, depending on her pain level, and she can recharge the h-f ten battery with this. alisha constancio in: 1:22 out: 1:27 "i hardly experience pain or i hardly notice it, which is good enough for me." before they get the h-f ten implanted, patients get a temporary version of it to make sure it works. the h-f ten is good for people with moderate to severe back or leg pain they've had for more than three months.
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