Submitted by: NWPF
The programmer’s job is to get the most benefit possible from the installed hardware. There are thousands upon thousands of settings that can be used to maximize the benefit of the implanted stimulators. The programmer works with you and the clinician, over time, to find the most beneficial settings and give you the highest possible quality of life. One caveat, this takes time and patience. The programming can’t even start until you are fully healed from the surgery process and all swelling is gone from the brain. This might be a month or two. You then need to start turning on the stimulators and work toward finding the optimum settings while balancing the medication as adjustments are made. The programmer works hand in hand with the clinician to find that perfect balance. This all takes time and patience and an expert at the helm.