After The trial
Spinal Cord Stimulation Implant Procedure
How The Implant Procedure Works
After a successful trial period, you can move forward to a permanent placement of the spinal cord stimulator. The procedure requires a minimally invasive surgery, but a surgery none-the-less. The surgeon will make a small incision for the device and place it for the patient’s comfort. The electrical leads are then placed in the epidural space of the spine.
Recovery from this procedure will take a shorter amount of time than other standard spinal surgeries. Post-operatively, you may resume light actives after a few weeks, with a full recovery after eight weeks. Throughout your recovery your surgeon and/or your pain specialist will monitor your recovery to ensure you have a successful outcome from SCS implantation.
The system won’t be turned on until you’ve recovered, so remember not to expect pain relief from spinal cord stimulation (SCS) immediately after surgery.
Programming The Device
Control Your Pain
Your doctor will explain how to personalize your therapy to achieve the best pain relief. Your therapy programmer can adjust the stimulation to levels that are right for you. This allows you to control your stimulation, ensuring that the therapy meets your needs and expectations.
Spinal Cord Stimulation Treatment
SCS Treatment Overview
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few frequent questions that we get about SCS therapy. If you don't see your question here then you can ask us directly using the link here.
Yes. Most insurance companies cover this treatment for post-laminectomy syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, diabetic painful neuropathy.
Yes. The goal for the stimulator trial is to assess pain relief and improvement to functionality. We are looking for 50% or greater improvement. If the trial was successful, then the permanent implant should be successful as well.
Yes these devices are now MRI compatible. We make sure that we choose the correct device for specific medical conditions that may need further imaging.
Devices with rechargeable batteries that are at the end of their service life will send an alert that a replacement is needed. The device will still work during this time, but it is time to contact your doctor get a replacement.
Yes, the stimulator can controlled by the patient using a programmer that acts as a remote control.
Yes, you can travel and move to another part of the country. We utilize international companies and have customer service reps throughout the country.
The devices have rechargeable battery as well as non rechargeable options.
The rechargeable battery has an external charger that the patient wears around their waist. And to charge the device.
Once a patient has been identified for an SCS trial, then next step is to obtain authorization from the insurance company. This authorization process may require a psychiatric evaluation, which we can facilitate.
Your quality of life is greatly effected if you’re suffering from agonizing back pain, neck pain, throbbing headaches or facial pain. Fortunately you don’t have to live in chronic daily pain. We can help.