Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) placement is a procedure designed to implant a non obtrusive system into the patient’s body. This system is similar to a modern day pacemaker. SCS delivers small streams of electrical impulses to the spinal cord targeting pain. The patient is given a remote to control the frequency and strength of SCS as needed. When patients have chronic pain syndrome or failed back syndrome after pain procedures or surgeries, SCS is the only option left to control the chronic pain.
Dr Ningning He is a board-certified leading spinal cord stimulator implant specialist in New Jersey who can help you with personalized treatment plan. Back stimulator can be implanted into the lumbar spine region to control back pain. Neck stimulator can be implanted into the cervical spine region to control neck pain. Nevro HF10 Spinal Stimulator is used for chronic pain relief. Dr He helped many patients with intractable pain with stimulator implantation.
To understand how spinal cord stimulator (SCS) works, it is helpful to understand the components of a spinal cord stimulator system. SCS systems typically consist of three components designed to work together:
For spinal cord stimulator (SCS) to control your pain, you must have a small system placed in your body. An SCS system looks and works a lot like a pacemaker. In fact, SCS systems are sometimes called “pacemakers for pain.” An SCS system generates mild electrical pulses and sends them to your spinal cord. These electrical pulses replace the feeling of pain with a tingling or massaging sensation.
Spinal cord stimulator is not for everybody. Patients with the following conditions are potential candidates for SCS.
It is a two step screening process. Candidate must pass a standard psychological evaluation first. Then a trial of stimulation can be done first to make sure the patient has a good response to stimulation before the patient commits to a permanent implant. It is easily reversible; if it doesn’t work or is no longer needed it can be removed.
Like any procedure, there are always potential risks involved. The incident of these risks is low, but may include: