Spine Procedures
Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant

Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant

A spinal cord stimulator implant uses a surgical procedure to implant a spinal cord stimulator.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant (SCS)

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) relieves chronic back, arm and leg pain through the use of electrical impulses. These electrical pulses help prevent pain signals from being received by the brain, and the treatment can be very successful for patients suffering from neuropathic pain who have not achieved pain relief through other treatments.

Once a local anesthetic has been applied, the minimally invasive AccuCision® Spine procedure begins with an epidural needle being inserted into the patient’s spine, with one or more insulated wire leads then inserted through the needle into the epidural space. The doctor will trigger electrodes at the end of the wire leads to produce electrical pulses that stimulate the nerves and block pain signals. During this initial setup, the patient will give feedback as to which stimulator locations relieve the most pain. Once the simulators are in the most effective locations, the wire leads are connected to an external stimulator, which the patient uses during a seven-day trial.

If the trial provides sufficient pain relief, the doctor may then permanently implant the setup. After the temporary lead is removed, the patient will be sedated for the permanent implantation. In this minimally invasive procedure, one or more permanent leads are inserted through an epidural needle into the predetermined locations in the epidural space. Next a small incision is created, typically in the buttocks or abdomen area, and an implantable pulse generator battery is placed beneath the skin. Then the doctor connects the wire leads to the pulse generator battery. The patient is able to control the implant’s electrical pulses by using an external control unit to turn the system on or off and to adjust the stimulation power level.

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