Proclaim™ DRG therapy is a novel neurostimulation technology that targets and relieves pain at the source. Traditional neurostimulation has been used safely for decades, but it doesn’t always work for people with CRPS I or causalgia (CRPS II).
Proclaim™ DRG therapy is proven to provide superior* and long-term pain relief for people with CRPS I and causalgia (CRPS II).
The Proclaim™ DRG Neurostimulation System utilizes recharge-free technology, relieving you from the time and hassles of recharging, unlike rechargeable neurostimulation systems that require frequent charging sessions or numerous office visits to maintain therapy. This means that you can get hassle-free pain relief with a battery that lasts 6.5 years at nominal settings without ever needing to charge the system.
Everyone has clusters of nerve cells along their spine called dorsal root ganglia (DRG).
In our clinical research, we have found that certain groups of DRG nerves control pain signals from specific areas of the body – such as the pelvis, groin, hip, knee, ankle and foot.
By focusing electrical stimulation specifically on the DRG, we’re able to interrupt pain signals before they reach the spinal cord or brain, so you don’t feel pain in the same way. Interrupting these pain signals at the source allows the use of low-energy levels on a recharge-free platform and helps eliminate unnecessary stimulation throughout the body.
Best of all, Proclaim™ DRG therapy can be trialed on a temporary basis before committing to another surgery.
Designed to closely mimic an implanted system, a temporary evaluation system consists of three parts that work together to manage your pain:
The external generator is a small device that produces mild electrical pulses to manage your chronic pain. It can be taped or secured to your lower back and is easily hidden.
The leads are thin wires that deliver the electrical pulses from the generator to the nerves along the spinal cord responsible for your chronic pain.
The patient controller is an external, handheld device that allows you to adjust the therapy or turn it off entirely.
Before we get you started with your temporary system, though, there’s an important step you need to complete to ensure you’re ready for the procedure–and to make sure you get insurance coverage. Give us a call and we would be happy to get you started.
Most insurance carriers require a psychological evaluation to address issues that may affect your pain management options. Therefore, before you start your trial, your doctor will typically refer you to a psychologist. This is very common for people considering neurostimulation. The evaluation will usually last about an hour and will help determine that you’re mentally ready for the procedure.
We will be happy to make the referral to an appropriate physician if you desire.
The procedure to place your temporary system is short and minimally invasive. You’ll be awake and answering questions from your medical team. During the procedure:
Most patients report little to no discomfort during the procedure. Afterward, you will get a chance to test the therapy as part of your daily life. During this evaluation period, your doctor will tell you if you have any restrictions. Most patients are able to continue to perform most of their usual activities with some exceptions.
Try to maintain a regular sleep schedule.
Enjoy light activities such as walking around and shopping.
Track which stimulation settings you use and how well your pain is relieved.
Bending, stretching, twisting, or raising your arms above your head.
Swimming or soaking in water. This also includes full showers.
Lifting anything over five pounds.