Stimwave an alternative to narcotics for chronic pain sufferers.

Posted at 12:54 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 13:54:24-04

SARASOTA, Fla. — Dr. Amitabh Goel says the typical spinal cord stimulator has a battery implanted with it. Stimwave, he says, is different.

"We were the first people to use it in Sarasota and the surrounding counties," said Dr. Goel of Sarasota Pain Relief Centers.

No battery gets installed under the skin, making it minimally invasive.

"There's a power source that's put on the skin that can feed into the wire directly," he said.

Because of that, he says, it can be used anywhere in the body.

"We've used it in the knee, shoulder," he said.

In Garrick Plonczynski's case, the foot, after 5 years of pain.

"They did the temporary implant first and after the first day I was 99% pain free,” said Plonczynski, Stimwave Patient. “Which was absolutely amazing."

Dr. Goel says Stimwave could be for you if you have chronic nerve pain and feel like you've exhausted all your options.

"And they're usually on significant doses of narcotics," he said.

"I'd been taking so many Tylenol," Plonczynski said.

Dr. Goel says the procedure aims for 50% or more pain relief for Plonczynski

"This is a whole different ball game,” Plonczynski said. “It was so awesome when i was finally able to stand on my feet and say holy cow, there's no pain."

"It's very gratifying,” said Dr. Goel. “This is what we go to medical school for."