St. Alexius Offers First Spinal Cord Stimulation Systems

Dr. Stephen Markewich and Dr. Gary Johnson with St. Alexius Pain Clinic are the first providers in Bismarck and in North Dakota to offer patients the only implantable neurostimulation systems indicated for use in the treatment of chronic back and/or limb pain that are designed for full-body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) safety under specific conditions.

According to Dr. Markewich, an estimated 100 million Americans are affected by chronic pain. “Neurostimulation treatment has become a mainstay for chronic pain management. While MRI is a standard of care in the diagnosis and treatment of major health conditions, including cancer, stroke and neurological problems, patient with neurostimulation systems implanted to manage their chronic pain were previously denied an MRI scan due to concerns about the system being affected by the large magnetic fields and radio frequency energy involved in MRI.”

“Until now, removal of spinal cord stimulation devices to ensure a safe body MRI scan was unavoidable,” said Dr. Johnson. “This new technology is designed to reduce or eliminate the hazards produced by the MRI environment. This is a real breakthrough for patients who manage their chronic pain with neurostimulation.”