Peripheral nerve stimulation can give patients up to 50 percent or greater long-lasting pain relief  

Dr. Amar Salti, a staff Physician in Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Patients suffering from chronic nerve and musculoskeletal pain now have an advanced and minimally-invasive option to gain long-term relief without surgery and a reliance on medication with the introduction of the peripheral nerve stimulation treatment at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, an integral part of Mubadala Health.

Peripheral nerves are found outside the brain and spinal cord and extend to the organs and extremities. They control the functions of sensation, movement and motor coordination, and can be damaged easily. By using a small implant to deliver electrical impulses to the nerve, the peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) technique can significantly reduce pain for a number of conditions, including complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), foot pain, headache disorders, lower back and neck pain, pain from a hernia or knee surgery, and post-amputation or phantom limb pain.

“PNS is the newest, advanced option for pain management at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. The minimally-invasive nature of the implant and constantly advancing PNS technology makes it a desirable method to manage pain in the right patient. It allows them to gradually reduce their reliance on medication, while also giving them superior, long-term pain relief,” says Dr. Amar Salti, a staff Physician in Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

The PNS device consists of electrodes that are placed under the skin, near to where the pain originates. The patient first enters a trial phase where several nerve points are stimulated with low-frequency electrical impulses from a temporary implant until the nerve that is sending the pain signals is located. If the procedure shows results, the pain management expert programs the stimulator to give the patient the best pain relief possible. The patient is provided with a remote device and instructions on how to control it themselves.

Dr. Salti says that PNS is recommended to patients with chronic pain after a thorough assessment of their medical history, and after identifying the source of the pain.

“There are various factors to consider before we recommend this treatment, including whether this is persistent pain. Patients who have not found adequate relief after 12 weeks of pain even on medication, and with other treatments, such as spinal cord stimulation, and physical therapy, may benefit from PNS. Patients see results instantly, and in six to eight weeks they can expect about a 50 percent or more reduction in pain.”

The first two patients who were implanted with the device in July for ankle and lower leg pain at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi have already reported a significant improvement in their condition.

“We never tell the patient that this treatment will rid them of the pain completely, but it allows them to manage it better. Imagine being unable to walk, drive, work, exercise or play with your children because of daily excruciating pain. We are now able to help these patients improve their quality of life through a simple, low-risk procedure.”

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi offers a range of multidisciplinary pain management treatments, which includes non-addictive medication, physical therapy, psychology and interventional pain procedures. Last year, the hospital began offering the novel dorsal root ganglion stimulation (DRG) treatment for patients suffering from focal neuropathic pain related to complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

About Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi:

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, an integral part of Mubadala Health, is a multispecialty hospital on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a unique and unparalleled extension of US-based Cleveland Clinic’s model of care, specifically designed to address a range of complex and critical care requirements unique to the Abu Dhabi population.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has the following Institutes: Heart & Vascular, Neurological, Digestive Disease, Eye, Respiratory, Critical Care, Surgical Subspecialties, Medical Subspecialties, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Imaging, Quality & Patient Safety, and Clinical & Nursing. In all, more than 40 medical and surgical specialties are represented at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

The facilities at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi combine state-of-the-art amenities and world-class service standards. The hospital is a 394 (expandable to 490) bed facility, with five clinical floors, three diagnostic and treatment levels, and 13 floors of critical and acute inpatient units. It is a physician-led medical facility served by North American/European Board Certified (or equivalent) physicians. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides patients in the region direct access to the world’s best healthcare providers and Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of care, reducing their need to travel abroad for treatment.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi – Al Ain began offering select medical services in December 2017. The facility is located on the Tawam Hospital Campus in Al Ain.

About Mubadala Health:

Mubadala Health is the integrated healthcare network of Mubadala Investment Company. Established in 2021, Mubadala Health operates, manages, and develops a portfolio of healthcare assets including: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Healthpoint, Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC), Amana Healthcare, National Reference Laboratory (NRL), Capital Health Screening Centre (CHSC), Abu Dhabi Telemedicine Centre (ADTC), Danat Al Emarat, HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, HealthPlus Family Clinics, HealthPlus Fertility, HealthPlus Women’s Health Center, Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi, and a stake in Al Meswak Dental Clinics Group. With a vision to transform the regional healthcare landscape, Mubadala Health sets a new benchmark for the UAE and regional healthcare industry through its state-of-the-art facilities and world-class caregivers who strive to put patients first across its continuum of care. Innovation, research, and education are the foundational pillars of Mubadala Health, supporting the further development of a sustainable healthcare sector in line with the vision of Abu Dhabi and the region