Spinal Cord Stimulator
The Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) has become a standard treatment for patients suffering from chronic back pain or have failed to find relief from other treatments.
The procedure involves surgically placing a device under the skin. The device has thin, soft wires with electrical leads that are connected to the spine. Mild electric currents are sent from the device, through the leads and directly into the spine to create the ‘neurostimulation’. This stimulation interferes with the signals sent to the brain that are perceived as pain, thus reducing the perception of pain.
The device is typically placed through a small incision in the back and the leads are placed through a small incision in the middle of the back with the aid of fluoroscopy.
Spinal Cord Stimulation is typically used to treat chronic pain (leg or arm) when other traditional pain management methods have proved unsuccessful.