Fruita doctor first in state to use pain management system

Dr. Kenneth Lewis
Dr. Kenneth Lewis

A Fruita doctor is the first in Colorado to offer a new type of chronic pain management system.

Kenneth Lewis of Western Rockies Interventional Pain Specialists uses the Boston Scientific Precision Montage MRI Spinal Cord Stimular System. The system provides customized relief to chronic pain patients while also offering safe access to full-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

“Being able to customize pain relief for my patients is absolutely critical,” Lewis said. “This is a breakthrough system for people suffering with chronic pain, particularly for those patients who need to get regular MRI imaging. Providing long-term pain relief without needing to use narcotic pain medicine is an ideal treatment option.”

For one patient suffering from chronic pain who required crutches to walk for two years, the system enabled the patient to walk unaided shortly after Lewis performed the procedure at the Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center outpatient procedure center in Fruita.

The system modulates nerves by offering multiple waveforms of varying intensity that adapt to pain over time — an important feature because 72 percent of pain sufferers in a recent study required multiple waveforms to optimize pain relief.

The system interrupts pain impulses before they reach the brain, making it easier for patients to manage pain. A small implantable pulse generator and tiny medical leads are implanted into the body. Directed by an external remote control, the IPG generates electrical impulses, masking pain signals as they travel to the brain. The brain perceives these as a gentle, tingling feeling.

“We are always looking for proven ways to manage our patients’ pain,” Lewis said. “This new system is an important advancement in managing chronic pain and is something we’re excited to offer to our patients.”

For more information about Western Rockies Interventional Pain Specialists, call 858-2562 or log on to www.westernrockiespainmanagement.com.