How Can a Spinal Cord Stimulator Cause Injuries?


There are many people who live with unfortunate chronic pain that affects their lives every day. Over the years, as medical technology has advanced, spinal cord stimulators have become a popular method of pain relief. This is a device that is implanted to send small amounts of electricity to the spinal cord to block pain signals before they reach the brain. However, while these can be helpful to some individuals, they cause serious suffering for many. 

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), spinal cord stimulators account for the third-highest number of medical device injury reports with more than 80,000 flagged since 2008. Many reports have stated shocks, burns, spinal-cord nerve damage, muscle weakness, paraplegia, and even deaths in some cases. When this happens, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Texas defective medical device attorney for assistance.

What are Spinal Cord Stimulators Used For?

When people have chronic pain, it can keep them from living their lives the way they want to. The goal of a spinal cord stimulator is to allow people to live an improved quality of life. Some of the reasons chronic pain may be treated by a spinal cord stimulator can include the following:

  • Post-surgical pain
  • Chronic back pain
  • Heart pain
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Post-amputation pain
  • Arachnoiditis 
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Nerve-related pain

What Complications Can Happen With a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

Complications with a spinal cord stimulator can have dangerous consequences for patients. Some complications that may be seen can include:

  • Infections within the first 8 weeks
  • Bleeding
  • Device migration
  • Dural puncture, which can cause a cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • Spinal cord trauma, which may cause nerve injury or paralysis

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