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Occipital Nerve Stimulation

Dr Brian Klagges, MD

Brian Klagges, MD, is an alumnus of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Moreover, Dr. Brian Klagges serves as an anesthesiologist and pain interventionist at Amoskeag Anesthesia and as the director of interventional pain management at Elliot Hospital’s Interventional Spine Center. Dr. Brian Klagges has experience performing procedures such as occipital nerve stimulator implantation. He was the first in Manchester, New Hampshire, to perform the procedure.

Occipital nerve stimulation occurs via a small device implanted at the base of the skull, under the collarbone, in the abdomen, or in the buttock. Occipital nerve stimulation is used to treat patients with painful conditions such as occipital neuralgia, nerve injuries, and cervicogenic, cluster, and whiplash-related headaches.
The implanted device is connected to a power source, and electrical signals are transmitted to the occipital nerves, masking the sensation of pain. Before a permanent nerve stimulation system is implanted in the patient, a trial device is embedded under his/her skin and used for several days to determine the likelihood that the treatment will be effective.

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