System offers non-opioid treatment option with multiple therapies for people with chronic pain.
John Peloza, M.D., with Center for Spine Care (CSC) is the first surgeon in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to implant the Spectra WaveWriter Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) System with the CoverEdge™ X paddle lead for chronic pain.
The patient, a Dallas area resident in her late 70’s, has suffered for 20 years with chronic pain due to scoliosis. After failing to respond adequately to conventional medication and interventional therapies she was implanted with the Spectra WaveWriter SCS System in January.
This system, manufactured by Boston Scientific Neuromodulation is the first and only system approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to simultaneously provide paresthesia-based and sub-perception therapy.
The system allows physicians and patients to combine therapeutic options, customize therapy and capture real-time feedback designed to treat chronic and debilitating pain successfully.
“At Center for Spine Care we strive to be on the forefront of technological advancements that benefit our patients. I am proud to be the first in the DFW metroplex to surgically implant the Spectra WaveWriter system with CoverEdge™ X ” said Dr. Peloza, an orthopedic spine surgeon.
SCS works by sending low electrical pulses, which vary in frequency, pulse width and amplitude to the spinal cord to interrupt pain signals. Paresthesia-based therapy provides pain relief with a light tingling sensation while sub-perception therapy works without that sensation. With the Spectra WaveWriter System, patients can choose to
combine both of these therapies to target one specific area of pain or use each therapy as needed to best manage multiple areas of pain.
Patients provide real-time feedback using the system’s remote control. Together, these features benefit patients by addressing each individual’s unique pain relief needs.
“Chronic pain is dynamic with treatments becoming less effective as the body adapts,” said Dr. Peloza. “Opioids have long been a go-to treatment for chronic pain in this country. However, the new light on the opioid epidemic has intensified the need for the development of adaptive, responsive technology that can reduce or replace narcotic therapy. The Spectra WaveWriter™ system’s algorithm, automation and ability to layer multiple therapies provides the custom experience my chronic pain patients need.
In the U.S., more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which is the number one cause of disability. The need to treat chronic pain patients with opioids has contributed to an epidemic of overuse, overdose, and opioid-involved deaths, with the majority of medication-related overdose deaths (66%) involving an opioid. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that overdoses from prescription opioids are a driving factor in the rapid increase in overdose deaths within the last decade. As a result of this epidemic, there is an immediate need for providers to find alternative solutions to opioids for their chronic pain patients. SCS is a non-opioid alternative for treating chronic pain.
About Center for Spine Care
The Center for Spine Care team has been involved in the development of true minimally-invasive spine treatments for more than 20 years! We offer customized treatment plans to address a patient’s unique and specific source of back or neck pain, from conservative treatments to minimally invasive options. If you have neck or back pain, contact us to schedule a visit. We look forward to seeing you.
Center for Spine Care offers stem cell therapy as a conservative treatment to promote natural healing for back or neck pain. Utilizing mesenchymal stem cells, this new method is used to treat patients with neck and back pain caused from degenerative disc disease.