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Vega Procedure

Neurostimulator implants for chronic pain involve FDA-approved devices that have proven successful for over 50 years in the treatment of intractable chronic pain of the back, extremities, and head. One manner of categorizing the various stimulator methods is to divide the treatments into 1) Spinal Cord Stimulators (most commonly for chronic back and extremity pain) and 2) Peripheral Nerve Stimulators (most commonly for more localized or regional pain).

The Vega Procedure is a Combined Stimulation Procedure

The Vega Procedure is a service mark of St. Jude Pain Centers, designating a neurostimulator implant procedure that includes a combination of both a Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) and a Peripheral Nerve Stimulator (PNS). A common example would be a patient suffering from chronic back and leg pain. For the Vega Procedure, we would implant a Spinal Cord Stimulator, which works most effectively for the leg pain (though it does provide some degree of back pain), as well as a Peripheral Nerve Stimulator with subcutaneous leads to the painful areas of the low back, which will be more effective for the back pain. There are multiple research reports confirming that the combined stimulation of the Vega Procedure may provide improved pain relief over either procedure alone.


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