Spinal cord stimulation is a drug-free way to relieve a wide range of chronic pain conditions. At Boston PainCare, the board-certified pain management physicians often recommend high-frequency spinal cord stimulation to help men and women who’ve had failed back surgery or a variety of other painful conditions. If you’re living with pain, you may be a candidate for spinal cord stimulation. Learn more by calling our office to schedule an appointment.
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an FDA-approved treatment for chronic pain. A spinal cord stimulator blocks the pain signals from nerves in your spine so your brain doesn’t process the feelings of pain. This small device that your doctor implants under your skin delivers mild electrical impulses that change pain signals before they reach your brain.
At Boston PainCare, the physicians use the Nevro® HF10™ high-frequency spinal cord stimulator. This SCS device is the only spinal cord stimulator designated as “superior” by the FDA for chronic back and leg pain relief.
If you’re a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation, you’ll begin with a seven-day trial period before your doctor implants a permanent device. During your SCS trial, your physician inserts two small catheter leads through a needle into the space around your spinal cord. Your doctor uses guided X-ray imaging (fluoroscopy) to complete this minimally invasive procedure.
This procedure takes place using a local anesthetic and sedation, if you desire, to help you relax. Once your pain management specialist inserts the leads, you begin using the spinal cord stimulator to see if you get pain relief. If you do get relief from pain during the trial period, you can return to Boston PainCare for the permanent implantation procedure.
If your SCS trial provides you with at least 50% pain relief, you’re ready for the permanent high-frequency spinal cord stimulator. During this surgical procedure, your doctor removes the temporary leads and places a small generator under your skin. This usually goes in your abdomen or buttocks, depending on where it’s most comfortable for you.
Your physician attaches new leads to the spinal cord stimulator, closes the incision, and you remain in recovery until the anesthesia wears off. You’ll be able to go home later that same day.
A spinal cord stimulator may be an ideal solution for conditions like:
If you’ve tried other methods of long-term pain relief for any of these conditions, but haven’t seen the results you’d hoped for, SCS may be right for you. Call our office to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.