Pacemaker Transplant

Dr. Alexei Popov, a spinal surgeon and pain control specialist, successfully performed a pacemaker transplant for treating chronic back pain in a patient from the Golan Heights.

The pacemaker is a nerve stimulation device (also known as spinal cord stimulation or SCS) which has been implanted in the patient's back and the battery will be recharged via WIFI. Neural stimulation of the spinal cord disrupts the transmission of pain signals to the brain and is used to treat chronic pain in the back, neck, arms, and legs. Electric stimulation technology is gaining momentum in all areas of medicine, particularly in pain medicine. This surgery is a first of its kind in the northern region of the country.

The patient reported a 50% improvement in the intensity of the pain as well as great improvement in his quality of life following the surgery.