Dr. Christopher Winfree, from the Pain Center, is featured on an episode of The Cure, a medical show created by the Al Jazeera Network. The episode is called Pain Killer (watch it here) and features Dr. Winfree at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital as he meets with and performs a remarkable pain relieving procedure on Christopher Francis, a former firefighter who suffered for years with debilitating leg pain.
The treatment Dr. Winfree performs is called neuromodulation and involves implanting an electrical stimulator directly into the back of the patient’s leg. This stimulator provides low-level electrical current to nerves responsible for the pain in Mr. Francis’ leg. The stimulation over-rides the pain signal to the brain and replaces it with a light sensation of vibration. This, in effect, tricks the brain out of feeling the painful sensation.
Benefits of the procedure include, “less pain, less anesthesia, and less operative time,” says Dr. Winfree. “It’s cost effective, less hassle for the patient, and less recovery time for the patient. This technology allows us to do all of that.”
To get the whole story, watch Dr. Winfree on ‘The Cure’ here.
You have added pages to your clipboard. Please log in or create an account to share them or use later.
You are now being taken to Columbia Neurosurgery's site dedicated to the spine.
Use this button to save pages to your clipboard for future use.OK. Got it.