Spinal cord stimulators available in Polk County
Pain management physician Javid Baksh knows 79-year-old Hilda Taylor is tired of taking pain pills because of discomfort from degenerative discs.
"What a lot of folks don't really realize about chronic pain is that it's not just affecting the patients. It's also affecting relationships, family environments, work environments," Baksh said. "We try our best to provide that with them ... basically, walk down this road with them as far as they want."
"What's your goal?" News 13's Jay Siltzer asked Mrs. Taylor.
"... to eliminate as much medicine as possible," she replied.
Implanting a spinal cord stimulator at St. Luke's Hospital in Columbus proves the best hope for Mrs. Taylor.
Electric impulses are designed to mask the pain.
Typically, the procedure is outpatient, taking anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour. Activation is immediate.
"Usually, patients that have been dealing with pain for 10 to 20 years, they can really tell you the first day they don't have it," Baksh explained.
"I think she's doing a lot better. She's more mobile," Anna Smith said of her mother, Mrs. Taylor. "She gets out more, and it's improved her quality of life."
Plus, Mrs. Taylor is better managing her pain for the first time in decades.