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What is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) ?

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) ?

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) ?

Implantable Device Sending Mild Electrical Pulses to the Spinal Cord

Spinal Cord Stimulation
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A surgically implanted device which transmits small amounts of electrical current to affected spinal cord nerves.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Facts & Information

complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Our pain specialists can determine if this is an option for you and help stop pain from interfering with your life.

How Does SCS Help?

(spinal cord) or peripheral nervous system (any nerves outside the spinal column). Neuropathic pain symptoms can cause you to experience sharp, pricking, and/or stabbing pain in the lower or upper extremities. You may experience a high degree of pain from something as simple as a light touch or a brush against the skin. You may also feel an increased response to a painful stimulus. A pinprick, for example, would cause an intense pain beyond what would normally be experienced.

The stimulation interrupts the feeling of pain, substituting a more pleasing sensation called paresthesia. This feeling can differ from patient to patient, but is often described as a pleasant tingling.

How Does SCS Work?

There are two steps involved - Trial and permanent implantation.

It’s an important step to find out if you are comfortable with the sensations of spinal stimulation. The stimulation trial requires relatively little time and is performed on an outpatient basis in a sterile office setting. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area before one or more leads are placed in the epidural space along the spinal cord. These soft, thin wires with electrical leads on their tips are placed using a thin needle. When the leads are positioned in the best location, they are connected to a portable, external generator. Once connected, the system generates mild electrical pulses that will be programmed to replace your areas of intense pain with the more pleasing paresthesia.

It may last for a few days or at most, one week. The trial allows you to test how well you respond to stimulation throughout the day. At home, you can determine how well the stimulation helps control your pain during your daily routine, and how it impacts your ability to engage in different activities.

It’s important to know that SCS allows you to be in control. Using a magnetic remote control, you can turn the current on and off, or adjust the intensity, rapidly responding to changes in the location or severity of your pain. Since the system is portable, SCS makes it possible to resume many normal daily life activities at home and at work, as well as recreational activities, such as swimming, traveling, biking, and gardening.

Keep in mind that even though an SCS system is called permanent, it is a reversible therapy. If treatment should no longer be needed, the implanted parts can be easily removed.

How Long does the Procedure Take?

The trial procedure takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes, and is followed by a short period of observed recovery. The procedure to implant the long-term device is performed by a surgeon in an outpatient or inpatient surgical setting, and generally takes about two hours.

What are the Expected Results?

Many also report a significant increase in their ability to enjoy normal family and work activities again. We know that reducing pain can have a positive effect on your mental outlook, reduce stress, and improve overall quality of life.

Possible Conditions treated with SCS


Post-Laminectomy Syndrome

Spinal Stenosis

Discogenic Back Pain

Post Herpetic neuralgia

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