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Presbyterian/St. Lukes
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What is Neurostimulation?

Neuromodulation is technology that alters the human nervous system for a desired effect. This can be done from the chemical or electrical approach, or both. Chemical neuromodulation achieved through medications and the electrical approach is through neurostimulation. See a short video on neurostimulation treatment for pain.

Dr. Barolat at Barolat Neuroscience exclusively deals with surgical neurostimulation procedures. Most people are familiar with one form of neuromodulation and that is the cardiac pacemaker.

The cardiac pacemaker has electrical wires in the heart that are connected to a programmable battery. The signals of electrical current control the heart rhythm. Similarly, with neurostimulation we modify functions of the nervous system that have been altered because of disease or injury.

Since the nervous system is a very complex electrical system, by strategically sending impulses to various part of it we can try to correct the abnormal electrical signals. The most common targets are the spinal cord or the small nerves located under the skin. Other areas of the nervous system can also be stimulated, such as the brain or the nerve roots.

The applications of these modes of neuromodulation have included intractable pain of various types and origin which has not responded to other modalities, including:

  • Treatment for urinary incontinence
  • Treatment for neck pain
  • Treatment for back pain
  • Treatment for back pain
  • Treatment for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Treatment for Pelvic Pain
  • Treatment for Headaches caused by Neck Problems, to name a few.

In Europe, it is commonly used for persistent cardiac angina. Deep brain stimulation is currently used to reduce difficult movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease as well as intractable seizures.

Research regarding future applications is being actively pursued for obesity problems, depression, visual difficulties and even to help patients moving limbs that were paralyzed.

The neuromodulation industry is evolving in its applications. Dr. Barolat has been a pioneer in Neuromodulation for pain treatment, and has extensive experience in most aspects of the field.

Even though currently Barolat Neuroscience is primarily focused on neurostimulation techniques for pain, we also explore other applications as well.