Treating chronic pain in Denver
More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which is debilitating pain that lasts longer than three months. Patients who have not found relief with conventional pain management techniques may be candidates for neuromodulation, a treatment method offered at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL). We take a compassionate and patient-centered approach to pain management treatment, working closely with each patient to address the root cause of symptoms, relieve chronic pain and improve quality of life.
Neuromodulation at a glance
The Neuromodulation Center of Colorado, located on the campus of P/SL and run by Medical Director Giancarlo Barolat, MD, focuses on using neuromodulation for helping patients manage their pain.
Neuromodulation is quickly becoming the standard of practice for pain management, involves surgically placed electrodes that correct or block abnormal electric signals at the root of chronic pain and many other conditions. This safe, effective and cost-effective treatment method offers an alternative to the long-term use of opioids or other medications.
Dr. Barolat uses two types of neuromodulation procedures--spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation--to treat pain in patients from all over the country who have tried just about every treatment available and have been told there was nothing else to do. A candidate for these procedures must demonstrate a willingness to work with the neuromodulation team and grasp an understanding of the procedure.
Conditions treated with neuromodulation
Conditions we treat with neuromodulation include but are not limited to:
- Chronic back pain
- Chronic neck pain
- Severe headaches
- Intractable facial pain
- Foot pain
- Phantom pain or stump pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), previously known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Pelvic pain
- Abdominal pain
- Pain related to peripheral vascular disease
- Pain following spine procedures
About Dr. Barolat
Giancarlo Barolat, MD, is recognized internationally as a pioneer in neuromodulation with more than 30 years in the field. His entire practice is focused on neuromodulation and he is committed to providing patients with a comprehensive evaluation to assess the effectiveness of neuromodulation for their pain condition. He has authored over eighty medical articles and book chapters on a variety of neurosurgical topics and has been invited to lecture all over the world about neuromodulation.
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