Motor Cortex Stimulation (MCS)

If you are suffering from a chronic pain condition that other treatments, such as nerve blocks, oral medication or injections have failed to help solve, then motor cortex stimulation might be the answer you are looking for. Come into our leading private neurosurgical practice in the NY/Long Island area today for a consultation with our chronic pain specialists. We can help you get started on the path to pain recovery today.

What Conditions Does Motor Cortex Stimulation (MCS) Treat?

Motor cortex stimulation, commonly referred to as MCS, is electric brain stimulation used to treat chronic pain conditions that have not responded to other pain relief treatments.

These conditions include:

  • Chronic Refractory Pain
  • Post-Stroke Pain
  • Atypical Facial Pain
  • Dysphagia
  • Neuropathic Facial Pain
  • Intractable Pain
  • And other nerve or brain injury pain

If you have been diagnosed with any of the above conditions, a visit to meet with our award-winning team of doctors can really benefit your pain management plan. We focus on using innovative treatments to increase the quality of life for our patients.

What Is a Motor Cortex Stimulation (MCS)?

Motor cortex stimulation is an electrical stimulation surgical technique where electrodes are implanted onto the primary motor cortex. This is done through a small craniotomy. Your brain will be mapped using an MRI to give our neurosurgeons the precise location of where the electrodes will be placed. Once in place, they will be attached to a battery operated neurostimulator.

The neurostimulator will help stimulate the places in your brain that control pain signals. This is done through the use of an external radio transmitter. It is theorized that MCS direct brain stimulation helps with pain relief due to it assisting in the release endogenous opioids in the brain.

After the surgery, it might take up to six months for the full effects to take place. This surgery is not meant as a cure for the pain or problems you are experiencing, but it may be a way to significantly improve your symptoms.

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