Spinal Cord Stimulators
A spinal cord stimulator is a device used to exert pulsed electrical signals to the spinal cord to control chronic pain.
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has become a standard treatment for patients with chronic pain in their back, and or limbs, and who have not found pain relief from other treatments. While the treatment does not work for everyone, most patients report a 50 to 70% reduction in overall pain, as well as an increased ability to participate in normal family and work activities. The electrical current generated creates a sensation that blocks the brain’s ability to sense the previously perceived pain.
The process of implanting a spinal cord stimulation consists of soft, thin wires with electrical leads on their tips being placed through a needle into the back near to the spinal column. The leads are placed through a needle inserted in the back (no incision is required). A small incision is then made and a tiny, programmable generator is placed in the upper buttock or abdomen (under the skin) which emits electrical currents to the spinal column.