What Complications Are Associated with Spinal Cord Stimulators?


Many individuals suffer from chronic pain. When people live with pain day after day, they will search for any means of relief. Medical devices have offered relief for many. However, many medical devices are unfortunately not risk-free. Spinal cord stimulators are one popular method of pain relief. Spinal cord stimulators are implanted and will send a small amount of electricity to the spinal cord. When a spinal cord stimulator is defective, patients can suffer tremendously.

If you are a victim of a defective spinal cord stimulator, it is important to understand your rights regarding taking legal action for your damages. To learn more about filing a claim, reach out to our experienced defective medical device attorneys at Brock & Goetzmann. Our legal team is prepared to assist you in recovering the compensation you are entitled to.

What are the uses of spinal cord stimulators?

Spinal cord stimulators are used to improve the qualify of life for those who suffer from chronic pain. Some of the common types of chronic pain that may be treated or managed with spinal cord stimulators include the following:

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

What complications can arise with spinal cord stimulators?

There are several complications that can arise with spinal cord stimulators. These complications can have severe repercussions for a patient including devastating results. Some of the most common complications associated with spinal cord stimulators include the following:

  • Dural puncture, which can result in a cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • Device migration, which often requires additional surgery
  • Infection within the first 8 weeks
  • Bleeding
  • Spinal cord trauma, which may result in nerve injury or paralysis

If your spinal cord stimulator is implanted, MRI machines can also cause severe injuries. It is important that you turn off your stimulator when you are driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery.

What should I do if I have suffered from an injury related to a spinal cord stimulator?

If you have suffered injuries from a defective spinal cord stimulator, it is important that you consider your legal options. Reach out to our experienced defective medical device attorney to learn how you can file a successful claim to recover the compensation you require to heal and move forward with your life. You may be entitled to significant compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial burdens you faced. Contact Brock & Goetzmann today to get started with this journey.


Brock & Goetzmann has significant experience representing victims of defective medical devices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  If you have been impacted in any way by a defective medical device, preserve the evidence and call us to investigate. Give our experienced Texas firm a call today to schedule your initial consultation.

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