Ask the Right Questions about Spinal Cord Stimulation
If you suffer from chronic pain and prefer to use non-pharmaceutical drug options, Spinal Cord Stimulation may be an ideal option for your situation. Naturally, you are going to have plenty of questions. Before you visit your doctor, learn about this safe procedure that may have a positive impact on your life.
What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Spinal Cord Stimulation is delivered from a small metallic object that is placed under the skin. This tiny metal box safely sends electrical pulses through the nerves around the spine, helping block pain signals from reaching the brain.
Will SCS Cure my Problem?
No, SCS will not “cure” the underlying issue of the pain. Spinal cord nerve stimulation will help block the pain signals from reaching your brain when the device is activated. It is important to consult with your doctor about the central issue causing the pain.
Is Spinal Cord Stimulation Safe?
Yes. SCS is an FDA-approved form of therapy that is backed by proven research and results.
How Can I Be Sure SCS Will Work for Me?
This is one of the few procedures that you get to "try before you buy". Doctors first have you undergo a short “trial period” with the device where your symptoms and quality life is evaluated. The trial period lasts up to a week to determine if SCS provides the relief you are looking for.
How Long Does the Surgery Take?
SCS involves a minimally invasive surgery. On average, the minimally invasive procedure can take up to 2 hours
Is the Procedure Reversible?
Yes, you can have the implant removed at any time.
Will Insurance Cover SCS?
In most cases, SCS is covered by insurance. It is important to call and check with your insurance company before electing to have the surgery.
Who is NOT an Ideal Candidate?
Patients using blood thinners. Patients with a current infection. Patients who have do not have chronic pain (pain that lasts 6 months or more).
How do I know if I am an ideal candidate for Spinal Cord Stimulation?
If you have been suffering from chronic pain due to an injury, surgery, or medical condition, you may be an ideal candidate. Your doctor will be able to determine whether you may benefit from SCS. Make an appointment with your doctor or pain management specialist to receive further information and to see if SCS is right for you.