An electrode for the stimulation of the sciatic nerve is disclosed, the electrode being comprised of a pair of physiologically inert plastic strips each of which has a plurality of contact means fixed thereto. The contact or electrode means which preferably are formed of platinum comprise a plurality of buttons positioned on opposite sides the sciatic nerve and are oriented by the surgeon with respect to each other to achieve optimum pain inhibition. When properly placed, the two plastic members are suitably secured to each other. External power means that are electrically coupled to the contact buttons by conductive leads provide selective stimulation of the sciatic nerve in order to relieve pain. The conductive leads for the contact buttons that are not coupled to the source of electrical power are severed.The aforementioned abstract is neither intended to define the invention of the application which, of course, is measured by the claims, nor is it intended to be limiting as to the scope of the invention in any way.