Michael is an expert in neuromodulation (spinal cord stimulation)


Neuromodulation is a treatment for chronic pain which involves stimulating the spinal cord with electricity via epidural leads with and a programmable battery (like a pacemaker) which is generally placed under the skin in the buttock.  The aim of spinal cord stimulation is to significantly decrease your pain (50-70%), allo

Neuromodulation is indicated for the treatment of:


  • Failed back surgery syndrome;

  • Neuropathic pain

    • Post surgical pain with neuropathic features

    • Diabetic neuropathy

    • Pelvic pain

  • Complex regional pain syndrome

  • Peripheral vascular diseae

  • Refractory angina


Prior to undertaking a spinal cord stimulator implant, Michael undertakes a thorough assessment of your suitability and likely benefit from neuromodulation and if you are assessed as a candidate you will the have a further education session with Michael's practice nurse.

The procedure itself is a two stage process.  The first step, is a trial of the therapy.  The trial involves admission to hospital overnight and the placement of  a temporary implant is placed ruingwhere you will try a spinal cord stimulator.  


Following the removal of the of the trial stimulator, you will have a consultation with Michael to decide whether the spinal cord stimulator offered you significant benefit eg.  >50% reduction in pain, improved function, mood or sleep.  


If you and Michael decide the spinal cord stimulator provided significant benefit, then you will move onto the second stage where a permanent implant will be planned.   


If you feel you may benefit from neuromodulation (spinal cord stimulation), please contact arrange a referral from you doctor and make an appointment with Michael to discuss your options.

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