Neck pain occurs in the region of the cervical vertebrae of your neck. Because of its region and range of motion, your neck is often left unprotected and subject to damage.


  • Medication

  • Physical therapy

  • Epidural steroid injections

  • Artificial disc replacement

  • Kyphoplasty

  • Laminotomy/laminectomy

  • Spinal cord stimulation: Spinal cord stimulation therapy masks pain signals before they reach the brain. A small device, similar to a pacemaker, delivers electrical pulses to the spinal cord. It helps people better manage their chronic pain and reduce their use of opioid medications. It may be an option if you suffer chronic back, leg or arm pain and have not found relief with other therapies.

  • Before surgery:

  • You may be scheduled for presurgical tests (e.g., blood test, electrocardiogram, chest X-ray) several days before surgery. Inform your doctor about all the medications (over-the-counter, prescription, herbal supplements) that you are taking.

  • Stop taking all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines and blood thinners 1 to 2 weeks before surgery as directed by the doctor. In addition, stop smoking 1 week before and 2 weeks after surgery, because these activities can cause bleeding problems. No food or drink is permitted past midnight the night before surgery.


  • After surgery:

Your blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration will be monitored, and your pain will be addressed. Most patients are discharged home the same day or the following morning. The pulse generator will be programmed before you leave. You will be given instructions to follow when you go home.


  • Recovery:

Approximately 10 days after surgery you will come back to the hospital to have the incision checked. Bring your device remote and product box to your follow-up appointment with the surgeon. Programming of the pulse generator can be adjusted at this time if needed. It is important to work with your doctor to adjust your medications and refine the programming of the stimulator.