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Center for Neuromodulation

Chronic pain is estimated to affect nearly 100 million Americans. This incidence is greater than that of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Therapies for pain such as traditional surgery and opiate pain medications carry significant risk and oftentimes fail to adequately manage pain. Neuromodulation for pain involves implanted devices that affect the central and peripheral nervous system to effectively manage pain from the disease process such as a failed back surgery, cancer, complex regional pain syndrome, and peripheral neuropathy. Since the implantation of the first spinal cord stimulator by Norman Shealy in 1967, the field of neuromodulation has experienced significant advancement in technology leading to increased effectiveness and an excellent safety profile.

The Center for Neuromodulation for Pain at the University of Kansas Health System is the first center dedicated entirely to advanced neuromodulation techniques for the most difficult and complex pathologies. Our center is led by board-certified Pain Medicine experts who are amongst the leaders nationally in the field of Neuromodulation. The most advanced technologies such as High Frequency Stimulation (HF10), Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG), Burst, and High Density Stimulation are available to our patients. As a leading center dedicated to Neuromodulation for pain, several clinical trials investigating novel treatments are available to our patients not available anywhere else in the region.

Treatment Options

Hf10™ Therapy: Proven to provide patients superior relief from back pain and leg pain

Hf10 Therapy Overview


In the News

New Implant Can Treat Pain without Prescriptions! Dr. Dawood Sayed was featured in a news story on KMBC Channel 9 News about the HF10 - the High Frequencey Similator implant for chronic pain.

Bionic pain treatment becomes reality

Technology once seen only in science fiction movies is now a medical reality at The University of Kansas Hospital. Anesthesiologists here are among the first in the U.S. to offer a new FDA-approved neurostimulation treatment to help chronic pain sufferers manage their pain, in many cases without medication. The hospital's specialists call the new bionic pain control option a "game changer."  Click here to read more.

MRI Safe Bionic Pain Control

Neurostimulator Helps Treat Chronic Back Pain

Fox 4 KC

Many people have chronic low back pain or pain that radiates down into the hips and legs. An Independence man is one of the first 20 people to get a new device for pain since it received FDA approval. It's a neurostimulator that provides relief without even causing tingling.  Click here to read more.

Research and Clinical Trials

Medical research is a broad term used to describe different ways that new advances in healthcare are studied. Clinical trials are a type of medical research that are conducted to test whether a new treatment, device, or procedure safely works for patients with a certain condition. You may be asked to participate in a clinical trial if your doctor determines that you are a good match and you meet the study's requirements.

People generally choose to participate in clinical trials for the chance to try a new treatment or device before it is made widely available. By participating in a clinical trial, you are also helping to advance medical knowledge and possibly improve care for future patients. However, just because you sign up for a clinical trial does not mean you will receive the new treatment or that it will work for you. Be sure to speak with your doctor to determine if participating in a clinical trial is right for you.

Research in Neuromodulation

Below are our current and past research studies and clinical trials, which help us to advance medical knowledge on neuromodulation. You may be asked to participate in one of these studies if you qualify. 

Current Studies - Enrolling Fall 2016

Testing Spinal Cord Stimulation in Managing Chronic Unmanageable Pain Cause By Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Types I and II

Title: A Post-Approval Study to Evaluate Targeted SCS (DRG) Stimulation for the Management of Moderate to Severe Chronic, Intractable Pain of the Lower Limbs Due to CRPS Types I and II
Patient Population:
Adults with moderate to severe chronic unmanageable leg pain due to CRPS types I and II
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sayed
Sponsor: St. Jude Medical, Inc.

Testing an Implantable Device that Stimulates Muscles Nerves to Treat Low Back Pain

Title: Reactiv8 Implantable Neurostimulation System for Chronic Low Back Pain
Patient Population:
Adults with chronic low back pain and no prior spine surgery, who have not found relief with medical management and physical therapy
Principal Investigator: Dr. Latif 
Mainstay Medical Limited US, Inc.

Testing an Implantable Device to Treat Back and Arm/Leg Pain After Surgery

Title: HF10 Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic, Focal Neuropathic Pain Surgical Intervention-A Multicenter, Prospective Clinical Trial
Patient Population:
Adults with chronic, neuropathic pain in a central area following surgery of the trunk or limbs
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Sayed
Nevro Corp

Ongoing Studies

Determining the Effects of a Spinal Anesthesia Administration Technique on Cancer-Related Pain

Title: Retrospective Analysis of Intrathecal Drug Delivery Outcomes and Efficacy for Cancer-Related Pain
Patient Population:
This is an ongoing medical record review. Patients are not enrolled in this study.
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Sayed

Past Studies - Enrollment Completed

Testing a Nerve Stimulation Device in Adults with Back Pain After Surgery     

Title: SubQStim Pivotal Study: A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Subcutaneous Nerve Stimulation
Patient Population:
Adults with chronic unmanageable post-surgical back pain, but no leg pain.
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Khan
Medtronic, Inc.

Our Physicians

Dr. Braun Dr. Khan Dr. Sayed
Dr. Edward Braun Dr. Talal Khan Dr. Usman Latif Dr. Andrew Sack Dr. Dawood Sayed


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Last modified: Apr 10, 2019
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