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Spinal cord stimulation

What is spinal cord stimulation?

  • Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a technology that uses electricity to block pain signals.
  • Spinal cord stimulation was developed in the 1960’s and has undergone a great deal of research and development since the first implantation in 1967
  • The goal of SCS is to decrease the pain signals along the nerve, which may decrease pain.
  • Common diseases treated include:

What is the process?

  • First, you’ll undergo a trial, which is an opportunity to “test drive” a spinal cord stimulator.
  • For a trial, one or more insulated wire leads are inserted through a needle into the epidural space. The leads are connected an external battery you can wear.
  • The leads are left in place for 5-7 days and then removed.
  • If you have pain relief or improvement in your daily function during the trial, the device can be permanently implanted.

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