When you come in for the procedure, you will have the opportunity to speak with a clinical staff member in order to have any questions answered, and you will sign a consent form. In the procedure room, you will lie on the treatment table, and the area on your body where the leads will be inserted will be sterilized. You may be given a local anesthetic to decrease the pain of the procedure, or you may be sedated. A radiology tech will be present to guide the fluoroscope (x-ray machine) that your doctor will be using to visualize the leads as they are inserted.
The leads will be inserted into your back with a needle. After the leads are positioned in the best place for your pain relief, they are connected to the generator, which is worn externally during the trial period.
Some patients may find this procedure to be painful. If you do feel pain, you should tell your doctor, as he may be able to make adjustments to reduce your discomfort. The entire procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour. Following the procedure, you will be able to rest in a recovery area. You will be provided with discharge instructions. You will need to have a responsible adult with you to drive you home.