As we see patients from across North America, the majority of our patients actually do come from “out of town.” As such, we have developed a smooth process to accomplish our goal of getting your headaches under control that involves 2 separate trips to Dallas:
- Trip 1. This is for placement of the Trial Stimulator and it requires you to be stay in a Dallas hotel for 2 nights. After these first 2 days, you may return to your hometown for the duration of the 7-day trial. (Any nurse or physician in your hometown can easily remove the trial stimulator in the office.)
- Trip 2. This is for placement of the Permanent Stimulator, and it requires you to stay in a Dallas hotel for 3 nights. After placement of the permanent unit, there is generally no need for any planned further trips to Dallas, as your local physician can handle everything from there. Basically, once the unit is implanted and has healed, then there typically is actually no reason to see a physician. That is one of the many beauties of an implanted stimulator – you simply do not need to go back and forth to the doctor’s office. Now, we are available 24/7 should you have any questions or issues, but barring something very unusual and unexpected, there will be simply no reason to return.
Important note – the trial stimulator procedure may be performed in Dallas, New York City, Chicago and Miami. All permanent stimulator placements are performed only in Dallas.