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Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation

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Patient Stories

Read stories of patients with chronic pain and how neurostimulation therapy helped them.

Focus on Your Life, Not on Your Pain

Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) therapy is a new type of neurostimulation therapy designed to manage difficult-to-treat chronic pain in specific areas of the upper and lower limbs, such as the foot, knee, hip, groin or hand. DRG stimulation is the only clinically proven stimulation therapy to provide superior long-term pain relief over traditional stimulation therapy for this type of pain.1

Watch one patient’s experience with DRG therapy

Learn the details about how DRG stimulation works, and watch Kam's doctor discuss a physician's perspective on helping people like Kam.

How DRG stimulation works

DRG stimulation is a new type of neurostimulation therapy that is designed to target and relieve focal pain. It works by stimulating the DRG. The DRG consists of structures along the spinal column made up of densely populated sensory nerves that correspond to specific areas of the body—such as the hand, foot, knee, hip and groin.

By focusing electrical stimulation specifically on the DRG, our stimulation therapy is designed to interrupt pain signals before they reach the brain and change them with an electrical pulse, so you don’t feel pain in the same way.

DRG stimulation has been clinically proven to:

  • Deliver targeted pain relief1
  • Provide persistent pain relief to 86% of patients at 12 months1
  • Reduce pain an average of 81.4% at 12 months1

Is DRG stimulation right for you?

DRG stimulation may be an option if you have:

  • Chronic pain that has lasted six months or more
  • Isolated chronic pain in a lower part of the body, such as the foot, knee, hip or groin, following an injury or surgical procedure
  • Little or no relief from traditional neurostimulation, surgery, pain medications, nerve blocks or other pain management therapies

While neurostimulation therapies such as DRG stimulation help most patients receive at least some reduction in pain, not everyone responds in the same way. Complications may include painful stimulation, loss of pain relief and certain surgical risks (e.g., paralysis). Talk to your doctor to see if DRG therapy may be right for you. Be sure to discuss the risks and benefits of neurostimulation with your doctor.

Learn about DRG therapy for chronic pain management. Focus on your life, not on your pain.

Learn more about DRG stimulation by downloading our patient brochure, and discover how this therapy option may help you and your doctor manage your pain.

DRG stimulation from Abbott

Abbott offers the first and only neurostimulation systems designed for DRG stimulation and targeted relief of certain difficult-to-treat chronic pain.2

One of the benefits of the DRG stimulation system is that you can try a temporary system that closely mimics a permanent implant. This allows you and your doctor to evaluate whether DRG stimulation is right for you before committing to a permanent implant. Learn more about trying our neurostimulation systems.

If you and your doctor decide that DRG stimulation is right for you, you will receive a permanent DRG stimulation system. This system is made up of parts that are designed to work together to help you manage your pain:

  • Generator: A small battery-operated device that sends out mild electrical pulses and that contains a battery. This is implanted in your body.
  • Leads: Thin insulated wires that carry the electrical pulses from the generator to your dorsal root ganglia. These are placed in your body in the area of the DRG.
  • Patient controller: A handheld “remote control” that allows you to adjust the strength and location of stimulation or even turn stimulation off.

Discover what receiving neurostimulation therapy can involve, and learn about receiving an implanted system and recovering after the procedure.


1. Deer, TR, Levy, RM, Kramer, J, et al. (2017). Dorsal root ganglion stimulation yielded higher treatment success rate for complex regional pain syndrome and causalgia at 3 and 12 months: a randomized comparative trial. Pain. 158(4): 669-681. ACCURATE IDE STUDY, St. Jude Medical. (n=152).
2. Abbott. Data on File. SJM-PDRG-1017-0016.