What is a
Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Learn how spinal cord stimulation can reduce back pain.
30 - 45 minutes
NO HOSPITAL STAY
What Is a Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Spinal cord stimulation uses low voltage electrical stimulation to the spinal nerves to block pain signals.
Occasionally, patients suffering from chronic pain in their back, neck, arms and legs are not able to find the relief they need. When that happens, spinal cord stimulation could be a treatment option. Though the treatment does not work for everyone, the majority of patients who undergo treatment report significantly less pain, alongside an increased ability to participate in daily activities. The majority of patients find that they can either dramatically decrease or completely stop taking pain medications.
Soft, thin wires are placed through a needle in the back near the spinal column. Each wire has an electrical lead that is connected to a computer/generator. The generator can be programmed to adjust the area covered, whether it’s the back or legs, or both.
Patients then learn how to adjust the electrical stimulation on their own to control their pain level.
How Will I Feel After Surgery?
The majority of patients will notice a gradual, good to excellent long-term relief to some or all of their symptoms. A positive attitude and following your doctor’s post-surgery instructions will contribute to a satisfactory outcome.
*The Spinal Cord Stimulation procedure is recognized by the American Medical Association.