Spinal Cord Stimulation is a permanently implanted device that sends electrical impulses to the spinal cord. These electrical impulses transform severe, chronic neuropathic pain symptoms into a soothing, pleasant sensation. The patient has total control of the intensity and settings of these impulses through a wireless remote control.
Spinal Cord Stimulation is routinely performed in two steps. The first step is the 3-5 day trial that is typically done under local anesthetic. If the patient has a positive trial, defined as greater than 50% benefit, then they proceed to the permanent implantation. The permanent Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation is performed by an Orthopedic Surgeon or Neurosurgeon in a hospital setting.