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HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator Review: Disadvantages and Risks of the Surgery Impact

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An expert in all things spine, Dr. Deukmedjain is a board certified neurosurgeon who has performed thousands of minimally invasive surgeries and procedures including the revolutionary Deuk Laser Disc Repair and the Deuk Spinal Fusion. 

Chronic pain can feel like a never-ending battle, but it doesn’t have to be. Over the years, various treatments for chronic back and neck pain have been proposed. One of these is the HF10 spinal cord stimulator.

While medical experts do not fully comprehend the mechanisms underlying the HF10 spinal cord stimulator, they do know that it only provides temporary relief for chronic pains.



What is an HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator?

HF10 is a spinal cord stimulation therapy that provides significant back and leg pain relief. The “HF” in HF10 refers to high frequency, while the “10” refers to 10,000 Hertz. This treatment sends mild electrical pulses to the spinal cord at a frequency of 10kHz, altering pain signals as they go to the brain and therefore lowering pain.  

HF10 is a non-anesthetic treatment with several benefits for doctors and patients alike. It’s a minimally invasive method that does not necessitate the use of medicines or significant surgery. The FDA approved HF10 spinal cord stimulation therapy in 2015, but it was already authorized in Europe in 2010 and Australia in 2011. 

What exactly does an HF10 spinal cord stimulator do?



An HF10 spinal cord stimulator is a significant advancement over traditional treatments because it gives improved back and leg pain alleviation, functional and sleep benefits, opioid use reduction, and higher patient satisfaction. Clinical research also backs up the treatment, demonstrating greater and longer-lasting pain relief.

HF10 spinal cord stimulators are effective because they use extremely few, unnoticeable pulses at a high frequency to calm the nerves that cause pain. This differs from older stimulators, which work by causing tingling in the patient’s pain location to distract them from their discomfort.

How does an HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator Work?

A patient with chronic pain receives aberrant signals from the spinal cord to the brain. These impulses keep informing the brain that pain is present, causing severe pains. HF10, on the other hand, soothes the neurons that transmit these signals, offering long-term relief.

HF10 therapy involves implanting a device near the spine, sending high-frequency electrical signals to silence nerves that cause chronic pain. Electrical leads are placed at the particular nerves causing the patient’s persistent pain, and a separate battery pack is implanted to give electrical current. The HF10  device may be controlled and turned off using a remote control.

In this surgical procedure, insulated wires are inserted within reach of the spinal cord. These wires are connected to a small, battery-powered pulse generator implanted just under the skin. HF10 spinal cord stimulation sends mild electrical pulses to the spinal cord, calming the nerves and allowing them to return to a more normal, relaxed state. 

Patients benefit from more freedom and independence when using HF10 spinal cord stimulation at work. They can also use HF10 at any time, even while driving or sleeping.

What is the success rate of an HF10 spinal cord stimulator?



According to statistics, 33% of Americans suffer from chronic discomfort. As a result, many pain management doctors recommend therapies like the HF10 spinal cord stimulator to provide pain relief.

Eight out of 10 patients who used HF10 spinal cord stimulator for severe back and leg pain saw considerable and long-term alleviation. After the pain was greatly decreased, most of them were able to resume normal activities and active lifestyles. 

This brand-new therapy option has been proved in clinical trials to reduce back pain by 66.4% and leg pain by 69.5% over a year.

Does an HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator Work to Cure Pain?

Despite these promising figures, HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulators only provide temporary pain relief. They do not work to treat chronic back and neck pain; instead, they have been linked to spinal fluid leaks, headaches, and other complications. Aside from providing temporary pain relief, an HF10 spinal cord stimulator may cause complications that necessitate additional procedures to maintain the device.

While it is a safe and tested device, it may cause problems after being implanted for several years. This can occur due to a variety of factors, including mechanical failures, infections, and a general lack of efficacy. If you are suffering from chronic back and neck pain, you should consider Deuk Laser Disc Repair. Deuk Laser Disc Repair is the most advanced laser spine surgery in the world, and it is only offered at Deuk Spine Institute.

Alternatives to the HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator

A great alternative to the HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator is the Deuk Laser Disc Repair

Deuk Spine Laser Disc Repair

Deuk Spine Institute is the world leader in minimally invasive Laser Spine Surgery. Dr. Ara Deukmedjian, founder of Deuk Spine Institute, developed the world’s most advanced laser spine surgery. This laser spine surgery is known as Deuk Laser Disc Repair.  

Deuk Laser Disc Repair is used as an alternative to dangerous invasive surgeries like total disc replacement and spinal fusion. Deuk Laser Disc Repair is a form of endoscopic spine surgery performed in a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center under sedation while the patient relaxes. 

This procedure does not compromise or weaken the health and integrity of the spine.

In over 15 years of performing this procedure and with over 1,300 patients treated, there has been a 95% success rate with no complications in any patient.

How Deuk Laser Disk Repair Works

To get started, Deuk Laser Disc Repair requires a very small incision, less than a quarter-inch long. A cylindrical rod called a dilator is inserted in the small opening to gently spread the muscle to create a small passage and guide through which the surgery is performed endoscopically. 

The tip of the dilator is advanced into the symptomatic disc through the tear in the annulus where the herniation originates, and a tube called the retractor slides over the dilator and is carefully positioned into the painful disc. The rest of the entire Deuk laser disc repair surgery will occur inside this narrow tube.

To access the spine, an endoscopic camera is inserted into the tubular retractor to allow the surgeon to guide the laser inside each symptomatic disc. This process ensures that bones and surrounding tissues are not damaged, unlike traditional spinal fusions, microdiscectomy, and artificial discs.

The Holmium YAG laser used in the Deuk laser disc repair is manipulated accurately with millimeter precision under endoscopic visualization to remove only painful inflammatory tissue from the disc. The laser is precisely used to remove damaged disc material that is causing the pain. 

The entire process takes about an hour and leaves less than one-quarter inch incision in the skin, which can be closed with a single stitch and a band-aid. After the surgery, the Deuk laser disc repair patient is back home, enjoying life with a speedy recovery allowing normal activities without pain. 

Another advantage of Deuk laser disc repair is that no opioids or powerful narcotic painkillers are needed after surgery. If you’re suffering from chronic back and neck pain, submit your MRI for a free review with our team.

HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator Side Effects

The following are some of the adverse side effects related to HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator therapy : 

  • Allergic Reaction
  • Spinal Fluid Leakage
  • Paralysis
  • Burning stomach 
  • Loss of bowel control 
  • Dizziness with stimulation 
  • Seroma, infection, erosion

How long does it take to recover from an HF10 spinal cord stimulator?

When a spinal cord injury occurs, the recovery process usually begins immediately in the hospital. The length of time it takes for the damage to heal is determined by its severity. This loss of function also has the potential to be permanent. 

Some people, though, do recover completely. Secondary problems such as pressure sores and blood clots can result from chronic spinal cord injury. As a result, secondary conditions like this will necessitate long-term care.

Disadvantages and Risks of HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator?

Like any other surgical procedure you do, there will always be some risks. And this is the same with the HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator.

The following are some potential risks and disadvantages you need to know before going for the HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator procedure: 

  • The device’s battery may leak or stop working, requiring you to repeat the procedure. This is a danger that everyone faces, and you should be aware of it before beginning therapy.
  • Stimulation changes. Unwanted stimulation adjustments might cause a jolting or shocking sensation.
  • The pain may still be present. Spinal cord stimulation blocks pain signals from reaching the brain, but it does not fix the underlying problem. 
  • Pressure reaction. Those who use spinal cord stimulation should avoid activities that pressure their bodies. Scuba diving, for example, should be avoided, and a doctor should be consulted before entering a hyperbaric chamber. 

HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator Common Issues

HF10 spinal cord stimulator therapy is often not the first treatment option. As with any other treatment option, the HF10 comes with some complaints. Some HF10 issues are discussed below to help you understand them better. 

  • Continued pain in the implant site: The Hf10 spinal cord stimulator devices are well known for their small size, making it possible for patients to manage their pain and simultaneously participate in daily activities. Nevertheless, some patients have reported pain and uncomfortable feeling around the area where the device is implanted. For many people, this can go away after a few days. In contrast, some patients can continue to experience difficulties lying on their backs or suffering from persistent pain.
  • Scar tissue: Hf10 spinal cord stimulator implant procedures, like any surgeries, might leave a scar around the location where the electrodes are inserted.
  • Pain reduction goal: Most HF10 spinal cord stimulators aim to reduce patients’ pain by at least 50%. However, one major disadvantage of hf10 therapy is that it may not always produce the intended benefits. Not every patient achieves their pain-reduction target. Patients with similar physical and medical histories have varying outcomes.
  • Infection: Fever, redness, pain, and other common infection symptoms might result from an infection caused by a hf10 implant.
  • Complications from the device: Lead breakage, hardware failure, loose connections between the generator and leads, and battery leaking are all common complications with Hf10 devices.

The Bottom Line

HF10 spinal cord stimulators have been shown to cause spinal fluid leaks, spinal headaches, and other complications, in addition to failing to cure peripheral neuropathy, and chronic neck and back pain.

If you suffer from chronic low back and leg pain, give yourself the best chance of relief. Contact Deuk Spine Institute right away. Deuk Spine Institute has a unique understanding of the complexities of spinal health and nerves, and the Deuk Laser Disc Repair is the most advanced laser spine surgery in the world for curing chronic pain.

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