Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Stimulation

Below is the write-up that Dr. Gburek (CC’d) made for Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Stimulation.  Please use accordingly for the website and feel free to reply-all with any questions for Dr. Gburek if you need anything modified…

Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Stimulation:

Dorsal Root Ganglion stimulation is a highly specialized type of neurostimulation that manages intractable pain originating from specific nerve roots in the thoracic and lumbar spine.

Common pain areas include: 

  • Pelvis 
  • Groin 
  • Hip
  • Knee 
  • Ankle 
  • Foot

Pain typically has the following characteristics:

  • Chronic (> 6 months in duration)
  • Ipsilateral (one side of the body)
  • Focal (one spot on the body)

The system consists of stimulator leads with electrical contacts attached to them in addition to a pulse generator battery.

Proclaim DRG pulse generator batteries typically last 6.5 years at normal settings without having to charge the device.

8 out of 10 people experience significant pain relief after recovery from implantation.

The first step of DRG therapy is to perform a trial. During the DRG neurostimulation trial electrodes are placed and an external pulse generator battery is taped to your flank. During this time, you will work with a representative from Abbott Labs to fine tune the stimulation to the exact area of pain. 

Should you have > 50% relief in your overall pain in addition to improvement in your quality of life and completing activities at home a permanent device will be implanted.

Typical recovery from placement of a permanent device is 4-6 weeks.