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Dr. Anthony Virella, MD, FACS
Board-Certified Neurological Spine Surgeon

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Dr. Virella is a Board Certified Minimally Invasive Neurosurgeon
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What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) is a device that is implanted in the spine. The stimulator sends electric impulses that block pain signaling nerves. An SCS treats chronic back and extremity pain. An SCS is an alternative to surgery and long-term pain medication use.

Our pain specialists perform SCS procedures. Specialists are fellowship trained and board certified. The newest and most effective procedure techniques and devices are used. A successful procedure and pain relief are ensured. The procedure consists of two parts: a trial and an SCS implantation.

Trial Procedure
Used to determine if an SCS will benefit the patient. An electrode is placed in the epidural space. Impulses are sent to the electrode. The patient provides our specialist with sensation feedback. The electrode is placed in a position where it provides maximum pain relief. Pain is monitored for one week. If pain improves, an SCS implantation is recommended.

SCS Implantation
Used to place the SCS in the patient. IV sedation ensures no pain or discomfort is felt. The patient rests comfortably on their stomach. A small lower back incision is made. Two electrode wires are placed in the epidural space. A lower waistline incision is made and a small pocket is created. The SCS is placed in a small pocket. The leads are attached to the SCS. The SCS is programmed perfectly. Incisions are closed.

The patient receives special SCS instructions. The patient returns home shortly after the procedure. Restrictions ensure the electrodes do not move. The patient returns to our center 7-10 days after the procedure to have their stitches removed.

What Conditions Does a Spinal Cord Stimulator Treat?

Our pain specialists have used an SCS to improve countless lives.

An SCS is especially effective at treating: Scheduling and attending an initial consultation is the first step toward receiving an injection therapy treatment solution. A complete medical history will be obtained, a physical examination will be performed, medical imaging tests will be ordered and analyzed. An accurate diagnosis will be made. A customized injection therapy treatment plan will be created just for you.

Anthony Virella, MD

Anthony Virella, MD

Anthony Virella, MD is a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management spinal disorders. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program and completed his Complex Spine Resident Fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Additional work included a second Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center. Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized spine specialist and has authored numerous articles and lectured nationally and internationally in the field of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.

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Board Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Anthony Virella, is a pioneer in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery specializing in Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Procedures. If surgery is recommended, Dr. Virella specializes in minimally invasive procedures that often require an incision of only an inch or less.

Nervous or Apprehensive about taking the first step?

People all over the world delay their treatments due to long-term anxieties and fears surrounding spine surgery and treatments in general. Our practice has worked with many patients over the years and we understand these valid concerns.

Read: A Letter To Patients From Dr. Virella

Relieving your pain should not be a cause for anxiety, and we take every step possible to make sure our patients are comfortable, secure and relaxed from their first visit to their last. Remember, there is nothing scary about taking back control of your life and relieving your pain. Our practice is highly organized and provides step-by-step guided help the entire way to keep you relaxed with your focus where it should be - on you.

You've already taken the first step by searching for the right doctor and can soon be on a path to a pain-free life. Call our practice today (805-449-0088) or request a callback to come and visit with me. We will sit down together and discuss your concerns. Then, I will provide you with a thorough analysis and review of a suggested care path and treatment options.

I pride myself in being extremely attentive to my patients, using extreme caution and putting to work my experience (of nearly two decades) in conservative treatments and minimally invasive procedures that have given thousands of patient their lives back. I have spent my life designing a new approach to spine treatments that reduce any anxieties of my patients by providing them with a comprehensive strategy that makes sense and is proven.

Don't let your pain get worse by delaying getting the help you need. Neglecting needed treatment will (almost certainly) make your situation worse. We hope you decide to take control of your pain and your life. We welcome and look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to shares our skills and successes with you. Thank you for taking the time to read and we hope to see you soon.

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