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Patients may consider CRPS surgery when non-invasive treatments are not helping them to improve. Medications, physical therapy and alternative care may be part of an initial treatment plan developed by a Complex Regional Pain Syndrome doctor. Though CRPS is considered a chronic condition, treatments do exist to relieve pain and enhance functionality. When non-surgical intervention has not been effective, surgical procedures for CRPS include:
- Neurostimulation – an electrode implanted along the spine delivers electrical impulses
- Pain pump implantation – a compact pump is implanted to deliver pain medication
- Sympathectomy – surgery destroys affected nerves (a controversial option)
- Nerve decompression – surgery releases a compressed nerve in the affected area
In addition to CRPS surgeries, sympathetic nerve blocks may also be offered to some CRPS sufferers, though these have not been proven effective as a long-term solution. The blocks are anesthetic injections placed near the spine to obstruct sympathetic nerve activity. Other patients may decide to have small amounts of the anesthetic administered intravenously for relief from chronic pain.
Considering Surgery for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Every surgery comes with specific risks. Surgery for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome should be considered carefully with input from your general physician and surgeon. Since surgery can itself lead to additional pain, you should have full knowledge of the procedure, possible complications, and the recovery process. As clinicians work toward additional non-surgical treatments for CRPS, you will want to stay up-to-date on any promising research. Do you need a Complex Regional Pain Syndrome surgery? At GorenLaw, we help those who are suffering from debilitating symptoms due to the medical mistakes or negligence of others. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your legal rights.