HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulation
The University of Kansas Health System offers HF10 spinal cord stimulation as a treatment for people with chronic pain. Chronic pain is pain that lasts for 6 months or longer. It is most commonly found in the back or legs. More than 100 million Americans suffer from some type of chronic pain. It is the primary cause of adult disabilities in the United States.
What is HF10 spinal cord stimulation?
Spinal cord stimulation is a pain management therapy that delivers mild electrical pulses to the nerves and interrupts the transmission of pain signals to the brain, thereby reducing pain. The HF10 therapy is a type of spinal cord stimulation that has been proven to provide advanced, long-lasting pain relief.
Who can have HF10 spinal cord stimulation?
HF10 spinal cord stimulation may be an option for people who are not able to manage their pain after trying other treatments, such as over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, injections or invasive spinal surgery. Studies have shown that 4 out of 5 people experience meaningful long-term pain relief. It may also be an appropriate choice for those who wish to avoid the use of addictive opioid medications for chronic pain.
How does HF10 spinal cord stimulation work?
HF10, or high-frequency spinal cord stimulation, involves placing a small medical device under the skin. This is performed during a minimally invasive procedure. The device sends mild electrical pulses to the spinal cord, reducing pain by altering abnormal pain signals traveling to the brain.
HF10 is effective because it uses very mild, imperceptible pulses at a high frequency to quiet the nerves. This provides better relief for back and leg pain than traditional spinal cord stimulation. It is also FDA-approved for use while driving. You may be able to try HF10 for a 1-week session to see if the treatment is right for you.
Benefits and risks of HF10 spinal cord stimulation
Because HF10 requires minimally invasive surgery, there are risks associated with the procedure, including the risk of infection. You can prevent infection by keeping your device and any dressings dry. You will also be advised not to lift your arms above your shoulders or lift heavy objects to ensure the device leads stay in place. Physical activity may also be limited.
HF10 can be left on 24/7 and has a 10-year battery life – ensuring you receive continuous pain control. In clinical studies, HF10 showed the highest demonstrated success rate for chronic back and leg pain. The FDA also designated HF10 superior to other spinal cord stimulation treatments.
What happens during the HF10 procedure?
The HF10 device is implanted during a minimally invasive procedure. During treatment, your doctor will implant thin, flexible wires (called leads) beneath the skin, next to your spine. These wires are connected to a small, battery-powered pulse generator that is worn under your skin. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, you will be able to return home the same day.
Why choose us for HF10 spinal cord stimulation?
- Interdisciplinary care. You will benefit from a comprehensive team of doctors from different specialties all working together for you.
- A comprehensive approach. We work with you from the moment you walk through our doors, throughout your diagnosis and treatment and beyond.
- Innovative treatments. Because The University of Kansas Health System is part of an academic medical center, we offer innovative treatments and clinical trials – often long before other hospitals can.