What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Spinal cord stimulation is a procedure when a spinal cord stimulator is placed under your skin to send a mild electric current to your spinal cord.
How Are Spinal Cord Stimulations performed?
A small wire carries the current from a pulse generator to the nerve fibers of the spinal cord. When turned on, the stimulation feels like a mild tingling in the area where pain is felt. Your pain is reduced because the electrical current interrupts the pain signal from reaching your brain.
Why Are Spinal Cord Stimulations performed?
A Spinal Cord Stimulation can help lessen chronic pain caused by chronic leg (sciatica) or arm pain, Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), Arachnoiditis, and failed back surgery syndrome. Determining whether a spinal cord stimulator will be a good pain management option for you is a complex process.
How long does the procedure take?
The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in two stages – a trial stimulation and implantation of the permanent device.