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Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

What is Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?

Peripheral nerve stimulation, or PNS, is an outpatient neuromodulation therapy that provides targeted pain relief for patients suffering from chronic pain or neuropathy. 

How does PNS work?

Pain occurs as a result of signals sent from the nerves in our body. When a nerve becomes inflamed, injured, or damaged, it will send out these signals continuously, producing constant pain. 

Neuromodulation therapy like PNS changes nerve activity by directly stimulating the targeted nerves to produce a natural biological response. PNS works to interrupt the signals being sent by a damaged nerve, essentially stopping the pain at its source. A small electrical device or wire is implanted just under the skin near the damaged nerve sending pain signals to the brain. Activated by a remote and a sock or band worn around the ankle, the device delivers electrical impulses directly to specific peripheral nerves, stimulating them and changing the way the brain perceives and responds to the pain.

Who is a good candidate for Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?

You may be a good candidate for PNS if you:

  • Experience chronic pain of any kind. Chronic pain is caused by inflamed or damaged nerves and is characterized by persistent pain that can last from several weeks to years.
  • Suffer from neuropathy, a condition caused by damaged nerves. Neuropathy is characterized by weakness, numbness, and pain—typically in the feet and hands—and is common in people with diabetes. Neuropathy can also result from toxic exposure, injury, or infection. 
  • Have not achieved sustained pain relief from traditional and/or medication therapies, such as injections or nerve blocks.
  • Want to stop or avoid pain medication or surgery to treat your chronic pain.

PNS may also be effective in treating conditions like post-amputation pain syndrome, migraines, complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, and nerve injuries.

To be considered for PNS therapy, you will need to undergo an evaluation with a specialist, which will include identifying the distinct peripheral nerve causing your pain; determining if you could benefit from other more conservative treatments first; and identifying any factors like mental health that could affect the effectiveness of your outcomes.

What are the benefits of PNS?

PNS is an alternative to the traditional medication or treatment options used to treat neuropathy or chronic pain, especially for patients for whom traditional therapies have not been successful or optimized for adequate pain relief. Traditional medication therapies have a host of drawbacks and side effects, including limited relief and the risk of dependency. Medication can also make patients tired, interfering with their lifestyle and affecting their quality of life in general. 

On the other hand, not only does PNS target pain at its source, but it requires no implants of batteries and the device never has to be replaced. Moreover, the sock or ankle band that produces the stimulation doesn’t have to be turned on or worn all the time—only when and where relief is needed.

PNS has shown a high success rate and produces almost immediate results. While PNS may not completely eliminate all pain, most patients’ pain scores drop dramatically to the point where they can now make significant positive life changes.

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Therapy at CardioVascular Health Clinic

At CardioVascular Health Clinic, PNS therapy can be performed in a simple outpatient setting. The procedure takes around 20 minutes and can be done with local or even light sedation. Some patients who have received PNS from CardioVascular Clinic have experienced complete pain relief, the first time in their lives for many.

CardioVascular Health Clinic is committed to providing innovative solutions to vascular and cardiovascular patients, and PNS is just the latest in the clinic’s robust repertoire of ground-breaking therapies. With it, the multi-disciplinary team of physicians and specialists at CardioVascular Health Clinic continues to lead the country in advanced treatment options, providing Oklahomans with the comprehensive quality care they deserve.

You don’t have to live with chronic pain. Find out if PNS is right for you by scheduling an appointment at CardioVascular Health Clinic today. Call 405-701-9880, or use our convenient online appointment scheduler. You can also email us at It’s time to treat your chronic pain or neuropathy with CardioVascular Health Clinic.

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I’m about one month out and things are so much better. At my two week evaluation my symptom score had gone from a 27 to a 7, and I’m sure it’s even better now. That speaks volumes. Now that I’m post recovery, there is no incontinence, I go to the bathroom much less and there are no ED side effects like there are with other procedures. In regard to my quality of life, well, I don’t maintain my life based on my proximity to a bathroom anymore.

Blaine P., M.D.
Professional staff working in a beautiful facility with great doctors who sincerely care about their patients. Without Dr. Schmidt's skill, I would have needed heart bypass surgery instead of a stent. Follow-up has been thorough. I can't recommend them highly enough.
LeAnn H.

Dr. Jim Melton and all the staff are fantastic. He is an excellent surgeon and his team is GREAT!!!! I just had surgery at the surgery center, I have only great things to say about my experience. Without him I really don't think I would be here to write this. If you’re looking for a good cardiovascular team, they are a 5 star for sure.

Susie H.

Dr. Parsons and staff are amazing. He truly listened to me from the consult. Staff showed genuine care for my progress post procedure. I had my follow up appointment today so satisfied with results. Blake made me comfortable from the start. He is an activist for uterine fibroids treatment beyond the standard.

Tamara M.

Professional and caring staff. Dr. Smith is very knowledgeable and shows genuine concern for your personal health. I enjoyed the background music in the procedure room, it really adds to the relaxing atmosphere.

David L.

Dr. John Schrader is the most personable doctor we know. He stays on top of my dads health care and is genuinely concerned about his health. We never leave his office with questions. He answers them all. Even questions we don’t think of. Always professional but never cold or bad bedside manner. In our opinion he is THE BEST around.
Thank you Dr Schrader.

Kathy J.

I came to Dr. Warren by a self referral for mals when it took me 8yrs 50+ doctors and thousands of dollars spent on no answers. My first visit I was scared I was just going to be gaslighted just like the past however I was pleasantly shocked when Dr. Warren immediately believed me. She took the time to review many disk I had brought from past tests. She never once dismissed me and listened to ever word I had to say. She scheduled one last test to confirm the diagnosis then I was scheduled for surgery right away. Surgery was a success and I can’t thank her and her staff enough. Dr. Warren truly saved my life.

Angie W.

Dr. Garner literally saved my life 18 months ago and I've followed him to his new practice with Cardiovascular Health. He explains things so clearly, listens and is just a very nice person. His staff is great, too! I highly recommend!

D Watts

Some of the nicest staff that I have ever dealt with!! They have been so incredibly awesome to my mom!! Would definitely recommend them to anyone!! Thank you so much for being so great with her!!

Christy G.

The staff, the nurses, and Dr. Parsons were all amazing. Everything was simple and went well – very Bravo Zulu (military phrase meaning "well done"). In addition to the great staff at CardioVascular Health Clinic, the facilities were clean and well maintained. I have no complaints about anything. The whole experience was A1. I would recommend Dr. Parsons to anyone. He made a huge impact on my life.

John W.

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