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Occipital nerve stimulation

NEUROMODULATION

HCA UK can help with the pain caused by occipital neuralgia, migraine and cluster headaches through nerve stimulation

About

Occipital nerve stimulation aims to treat cluster headaches, migraine and craniofacial pain, including occipital neuralgia, which is chronic pain in the upper neck, back of the head and behind the eyes. It's used when other types of medicine fail to work.

The treatment alters the way the nerves work (neuromodulation) by using mild electrical impulses to reduce pain.

Need to know

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    The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic. Your neurosurgeon will implant a device under your skin at the back of your head. This will send mild electrical pulses through the branches of nerves responsible for the pain. The pulse generator is powered by a battery, which the surgeon will implant, usually under the skin on your upper chest. The electrical impulses don’t stop or eliminate the pain, but block some of the pain signals going to the brain. The stimulator will need to be programmed by your surgeon when you are reviewed in the out-patient department after surgery.
     
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
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    The relief can vary from patient to patient. The procedure aims to bring a 50-70% reduction in pain, but this varies between individuals. Even a small reduction in pain can be significant if it helps individuals perform daily activities. You should be able to return home the same day as your surgery, but you should arrange for someone to pick you up from the hospital. Your consultant will tell you when you can get back to your usual routine.
Consultant with patient

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