In Palm Bay, Florida, patients suffering from chronic pain turn to pain management expert Dr. Michael Esposito of Florida Pain Institute to help them find relief from their suffering. Dr. Esposito specializes in Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, utilizing his expertise to provide compassionate, individualized care for central east coast Florida patients.

Mary Jane Mastrovich is just one of the many patients who have experienced extraordinary improvement in quality of life resulting from treatments recommended and administered by Dr. Esposito. Mary Jane has lived with neuropathy in her feet for more than 25 years, leaving her house-bound in a wheelchair, and enduring what she described as “staggering pain” from even such simple things as a bed sheet touching her foot as she slept.

Mary Jane was prescribed opioids — increasing dosages each decade — and although she didn’t like the idea of being on medication, she didn’t know there was anything else available to her.

Then, three years ago, she had a brain bleed which led to an emergency surgery, during which her surgeon found a golf-ball sized meningioma brain tumor that was causing headaches — but she hadn’t felt the headaches because of the opioids she was taking for the pain in her feet.  After brain surgery, she sought an alternative to being on pain medications, and this is how she was introduced to Dr. Michael Esposito.

Dr. Esposito recognized that Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Stimulation therapy would relieve Mary Jane’s pain and eliminate her need for opioid medications.

What is DRG?

DRG Stimulation is first-of-its-kind therapeutic approach that provides pain relief via an implantable device that emits mild electrical pulses to stimulate dorsal root ganglia, (densely populated sensory nerve structures along the spinal column that regulate signals and sensations traveling through nerve fibers along the spinal column to the brain.) Stimulating these structures can reduce pain in specific locations in your body.

DRG Stimulation has proven to be an effective alternative for those who:

  • Live with long-term chronic pain
  • Suffer isolated chronic pain in a lower part of the body such as the foot, knee, hip or groin, following an injury or surgical procedure
  • Find little or no relief from traditional neurostimulation, surgery, pain medications, nerve blocks or other pain management therapies

In Mary Jane’s case, DRG enabled her to manage her neuropathy without relying on opioids. Today, she is enjoying a fuller life and returning to her favorite hobbies. “The other day I was at a friend’s house cooking pierogi which was a treat — I grew up in a Polish family. I haven’t done that in so long because you’re on your feet for hours. We’re going to have that today,” she said.

Mary Jane’s husband and main caregiver, Rich, believes that DRG Stimulation therapy might have prevented her need for emergency surgery. “Had she been on DRG therapy five years ago she’d never had a brain bleed because her head would have been hurting and we would have known sooner,” he said.

Mary Jane stated, “I am 100% free of Opioid use after receiving DRG Stimulation therapy from Dr Esposito and extremely happy and thankful.”

If you live with chronic pain, DRG therapy may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

DRG Stimulation has produced remarkable results for a multitude of patients like Mary Jane; those who suffer from chronic pain but don’t realize there are effective alternatives to taking opioid medications for relief.
At Florida Pain Institute, our pain management specialists are highly skilled and ready to consult with you to find a customized solution based on your individual situation and the nature of your pain.

Whether the right treatment is DRG Therapy or another alternative, call us today at 321-784-8211 or request an consultation online at, and we’ll work together with you to find the most effective treatment to minimize your pain and restore your quality of life.