What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?
Spinal cord stimulation, also referred to as neurostimulation therapy, is a non-medication based pain treatment option. The spinal cord stimulator is a device, implanted under the skin, that provides electrical pulses that interrupt and block pain signals before they reach the brain.
Unlike many other surgeries, it is completely reversible. At any point in time, the patient is able to turn off or even completely remove the neurostimulator.
About the Stimulation Device.
Electrical pulses are generated by a small spinal cord stimulator (SCS), a device implanted in the body. This device delivers a pulse for between 8 and 32 electrodes placed along the spinal cord. These pulses modify and mask pain without the need for any opioid medication! The patient is provided with a control to adjust the levels of stimulation from the device as needed.
Some devices use a current that blocks plain with a pleasant tingling effect. Others mask pain without the tingling effect. Unlike many other surgeries, spinal cord stimulation is completely reversible without any damage to the spine or nerves.
Who Can Benefit from a Spinal Cord Stimulator?
- Most useful for pain in the lower back, leg pain, sciatica, or arm pain.
- Patients that have had at least one surgery before.
- Patients who have not found success with other therapies.
- Those who wish to avoid risky surgery or long recovery times.
Depending on your condition, medication, and history; our pain care experts may recommend a spinal stimulation trial where you can see if the spinal cord stimulator effectives treats your pain before getting the implant.