Chronic Pain (cont.)
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Surgery is not often used to treat chronic pain. The decision to have surgery depends on your condition and the cause of your pain. Surgery is usually considered only after other treatments have failed or if it is considered medically necessary.
Surgery may provide pain relief, but it also may permanently damage your ability to perceive other sensations, such as light touch and temperature changes. It can also cause a different pain to occur.
The most common, effective implanted pain control systems include:
What to think about
Surgically implanted devices are not commonly used to treat chronic pain. They may not always control chronic pain in the long term and can lead to other problems that can complicate chronic pain or sometimes make it worse.
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