Do you have a history of back surgery?
Do you feel like you got back your neurological deficit but not the control of your back and extremities pain, and being told there is no more surgery it can be done?
- Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS)
A spinal cord stimulator is a device used to exert pulsed electrical signals to the spinal cord to
control chronic pain. An implantable system delivers electrical pulses via a lead to nerves in the
dorsal aspect of the spinal cord. Pain signals are inhibited before they reach the brain and
replaced with paresthesia that covers the specific areas where the pain was felt.
SCS procedure involves a trial period of 4-5 days, and placement of electrodes in the epidural space
is done in the office as an outpatient procedure. After this, the patient will have a generator to
control the stimulation, giving this procedure the uniqueness that no other medical intervention
has. Giving you the control to “test drive” the device before having it done, making you “your
own doctor” in deciding if the product is going or not to work. If the results are satisfactory in
the trial period, the leads are removed in the office, and the implantation is done as an outpatient
procedure in the operating room. Usually is a one-hour procedure.
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