What Is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

Q:
What is a spinal cord stimulator?

A:
A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) device is surgically placed under your skin and sends a mild electric current to your spinal cord. A small wire carries the current from a pulse generator to the nerve fibers of the spinal cord. When turned on, the SCS stimulates the nerves in the area where your pain is felt. Pain is reduced because the electrical pulses modify and mask the pain signal from reaching your brain.

Spinal cord stimulators use Neurostimulation to interrupt pain impulses before they reach the brain. This helps patients manage chronic pain and drastically improves their quality of life. Spinal cord stimulators are often used in patients suffering from Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) or any patient who is experiencing chronic pain and not responding well to other treatment options.

Using a minimally-invasive procedure, Spinal cord stimulator patients can try the device in normal, daily settings before deciding if it’s right for them.

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