What is it?
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an innovative technology that addresses some of the most difficult pain problems experienced. Identified as an effective treatment option for many chronic sufferers, SCS is most often used for neuropathic pain, including diabetic neuropathy, post-laminectomy syndrome (residual pain after back surgery), and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Other indications include, intractable abdominal or pelvic pain, peripheral vascular disease, severe diabetic neuropathy, severe inoperable coronary artery disease with recurrent chest pains.The advances in new technology can reasonably manage chronic back pain.
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. Patient typically goes home with a temporary device for about 3-5 days. If the patient report great improvement to pain symptoms and functionality, we schedule the permeant implant at a surgery center. Implant is a simple same day surgery procedure usually done under MAC anesthesia.
What are the Expected Results?
SCS can be an effective way to decrease the severity of chronic pain to a more manageable level. There are many clinical studies supporting the effectiveness of SCS therapy. While the degree of pain relief varies from person to person, these studies show that 85 to 90 percent of those who have undergone treatment report a 50 to 70 percent reduction in overall pain. 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.