Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a minimally invasive and reversible treatment for chronic pain. It can be very effective at treating nerve pain, especially resistant nerve pain such as lumbar radiculopathy following spinal surgery. Here are five things you may not know about SCS:
- More than 250,000 people have received SCS to treat chronic pain worldwide. In recent years, technological advances have led to neurostimulation devices that can adapt to a person’s physical activity and deliver uniquely programmed stimulation rhythms.
- A screening test is done to assess the effectiveness of SCS without making a long-term commitment.
- The implant procedures involves a short and minor outpatient surgery. The neurostimulator is inserted under the skin through a small incision in the upper buttock. It is minimally invasive and reversible.
- SCS should be considered at an earlier stage of the patient pathway.
- Benefits of SCS include that the systems are reprogrammable without surgery and trial helps assess patient response.
If you think SCS could possibly be a treatment option for your pain, our team will do a careful assessment and discuss your expectations and goals.