Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulator (DRG)
What is DRG and how does it work?
Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation is a relatively new treatment option. It is a specialized type of spinal stimulator that is great at targeting specific areas of pain. It is useful for patients who have most of their pain localized to one area. The therapy involves a trial period where the leads are put in through the skin and the battery is taped to the patient’s back. The patient gets to wear it around for a week to see if it helps their pain. If the trial helps, a permanent implant can be completed where the whole device is put under the patient’s skin.
What conditions can it treat?
It can be used to treat back pain, neuropathic pain, chronic abdominal pain, chronic pelvic pain, groin pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Phantom Limb pain (post-amputation pain), and peripheral neuropathy.