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PHN Survival Skills-Looking for Kimberly-Peripheral Nerve Stimulator surgery?

The old discussion was locked so I'm looking for the member named Kimberly who was getting the Peripherial Nerve Stimulator therapy and how it worked for her. i am currently fighting with my insurance co to get ot for PHN/TN on my left scalp and face. they say it's not approved for the head and face only for the spine. but my surgeon is world class and has done over 400 successful surgeries for it there and we;re doing it at OSU's Wexner Neuromodulation Center. So if they have an entire Center for it i'd think they'd eventually approve it!

anyways i'm looking for anyone who has had this surgery and how it worked out for them.

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  • frankjs frankjs barclay430

    Interesting that you mention this PNS therapy. I have just been reading and trying to find something about Peripheral Nerve Field stimulation. From what I have found it is the next generation and is much less invasive. If my memory serves there is a clinic in Colorado doing this new form of stimulation with good results. In regard to insurance I did find that hard to determine whether insurance did cover, most of what I saw said no coverage. Try this https://academic.oup.com/painmedicine/article/16/3/411/2460389

    • barclay430 barclay430 frankjs

      thank you frankjs. i still haven't had the surgery and i'm going to ask the surgeon that perhaps this is what you've mentioned as he spoke to the procedure as being very un-invasive and needing to just follow the Trigeminal Nerve to the supraorbital and infraorbital areas. and that the device-if this works for me-would be implanted but the control would be wireless and external. thank you for bringing this to my attention!

  • frankjs frankjs barclay430

    Lets hope for the best, I have read it has resulted in a 90% reduction in pain. I have been trying to find some place in the Carolinas that offer the procedure but have had no luck. Keep me posted on your experience.

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