Neurostimulation Device Experience
In 2012, my husband and I decided to turn to the Transforma Procedure performed by Dr. Jack Chapman and Advanced Migraine Relief because everything else we attempted to try failed to provide any relief for me. They had an established process that included attending a seminar and having an initial evaluation performed by Dr. Jack Chapman at his Pain Management Clinic in Houston, Texas. If you met the requirements by the doctor’s standards, his office started the insurance certification for the pre-trail procedure. Once the insurance gives the approval, you can have the trial procedure done. If the trial procedure was a success for you, the doctor’s office does more insurance approval work for you to get the permanent procedure approved. Next you have the procedure and the follow up. Then you tell your story about the wonderful success it all was!
Their version of a perfect candidate would be somebody who had multiple migraines a month to the extent that they had more migraine days in a month than not for at least six months. Their migraines needed to interfere with their everyday life and work. Additionally, they must have tried other treatments that were ineffective for managing their migraines.
The technology behind the Transforma Procedure’s Neurostimulation Device is an implantable pulse and battery, which is the size of a silver dollar. There are implantable electrodes that consists of four leads and sixteen electrodes. There is a external program device that a programmer uses to give you different options to choose between in order for you to try to find the best option to manage your pain. Just once you have the surgery, the battery is not MRI compatible.
The results that Advanced Migraine claimed during their seminar definitely made the procedure seem like the cure everybody was needed for their chronic migraines. In their slide show, they stated that there should be an 80-99% reduction in the frequency and severity of migraines and that the stimulator should completely stop or at the very least greatly reduce the need for previous abortive and pain medications. Additionally, there should be fewer visits to the hospital emergency rooms and the doctor offices. All of this would in turn allow the patient to return to living a normal life.
Our experience was so far from what was advertised and what they said it would be during consultations. We were supposed to stay in the Woodlands area of Houston so the programmer would have access to helping reprogram the controller to the stimulator. This support did not happen until the day before the trial ended. The device definitely did not help me the way had hoped. Despite my comments that it did not help, the office proceeded to file my insurance for the permanent surgery and then tried to convince us to do it. Sadly, I knew a few individuals who went through with the process. They seemed to have relief for a few months and then they were back looking for a solution for their chronic migraine. This definitely taught me to do a ton of research on everyone involved in a medical treatment before even starting consultations. I really hope my experience can help others also be more aware when it comes to treating their migraines and hoping for that cure.
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