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Still in pain after trying other treatments?

Partner with us to test a new way to treat pain using deep brain stimulation (DBS)


Do you suffer from sharp, stabbing, electric, burning, hot, cold, constant, short-lasting, fluctuating, deep, achey, tingling, pins and needles, hypersensitive pain? UCSF doctors are developing a personalized brain stimulation device to treat chronic pain.

We are recruiting patients over the age of 21, with a history of chronic pain who have tried many treatments without benefit.

About Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

This study will test a new way to treat pain using a small device placed in the brain.

The device will: 1. Measure brain activity to learn what happens when you feel pain. 2. Send small electrical pulses into the brain to help relieve pain.

This device is approved for treating Parkinson’s Disease. Now study doctors will test how well it works to relieve pain.

How will participants benefit from taking part?

This study may lead to a new way to treat pain in people who did not get relief from other treatments. It may also lead to pain relief in those who take part.

Is this DBS study right for me?

Who is this study for?

You can take part if:

  • You have pain that does not go away (chronic pain) from either stroke, amputation or spinal cord injury
  • Other treatments you tried did not work well.

 

What should I expect?

You and the study doctors will work together to: 1. Measure brain activity when you are and aren’t in pain. (Months 1-5) 2. Start sending small electrical pulses to the brain to help relieve pain. (Months 6-12) 3. Find the right pulse pattern for you and track pain relief. (Months 13-24)

You will meet with study doctors 2 times before having surgery to place the device in your brain. Once the device is in, you will meet with study doctors on a set schedule.

The study will help pay for:

  • Parking and miles driven to get to and from UCSF.
  • Hotel stays the night before a clinic visit (up to $200 each) if you live over 60 miles away.

 

Frequently asked questions

Who is this study being sponsored by?

This study is being sponsored by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In collaboration with the Departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology and Pain Management, a new study aims to ease suffering from chronic pain.

This study is approved by the Federal Drug Administration and the Institutional Review Board at UCSF.

1 location

 

University of California

 

If you or a loved one is suffering from Chronic pain in any part of body, please contact us to find out more.

Fill out the form, call 415-502-1653, or send an email expressing your interest to chronicpain@ucsf.edu