A spinal cord stimulator uses low voltage stimulation of the spinal nerves to block the feeling of pain. The mild electric current is delivered through a pulse generating device that is surgically implanted under the skin. The stimulation feels like a mild tingling in the area where the current is placed. Pain is reduced because the electrical current interrupts the pain signal from reaching the brain.
Spinal cord stimulation may be an option for patients with chronic pain associated with sciatica, failed back surgery, or nerve pain, who have not benefited from more conservative therapies.CONTACT US TODAY
Prior to having a permanent placement of a spinal cord stimulator a patient will undergo a trial procedure in which leads are placed in the epidural space of the spinal cord and are programmed to relieve the patient’s pain. These temporary leads are removed after 7-10 days.
During a permanent spinal cord stimulator surgery, Sound Pain Alliance Providers implant the device using a three-step process:
In addition to reducing pain, other important benefits of SCS include:
The effects of SCS vary from person to person, and it is important to understand that SCS may help reduce your pain, but not eliminate it.