Newbridge Spine & Pain Center participates in spinal cord stimulator trials and successfully performs these procedures in our ambulatory surgical centers and office.
What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) uses low voltage stimulation of the spinal nerves to block the feeling of pain by sending electrical impulses to selected nerves in the spinal cord.
SCS helps patients better manage pain and potentially decrease the amount of pain medication. It may be an option if you have long-term (chronic) leg or arm pain, and have not found relief through traditional methods.
SCS works in two stages; a trial stage and permanent implantation.
The trial generally lasts 7 days and is done by a interventional pain management doctor to determine if a permanent implant for SCS is right for the patient.
During the trial one or more insulated wires “leads” are inserted into the epidural space surrounding the spinal cord.
The leads are connected to an external stimulator which regulates electrical impulses sent to stimulate the nerves in the spine. Leads are removed at the end of the trial.
If, following the trial, the patient and physician determine that the amount of pain relief was sufficient the patient will then be fitted for a permanent implant.
A small battery-powered generator implanted in the body transmits an electrical current to your spinal cord. The result is a tingling sensation instead of pain.
Pain relief with spinal cord stimulation is almost instantaneous and patients normally experience a 50 to 70 percent reduction in pain. Interrupting pain signals, the procedure has shown success in returning some people to a more active lifestyle. (Mayfieldclinic.com).
SCS may be appropriate for chronic pain patients who have tried other pain management treatments without long term success. To determine if you may be a candidate for this treatment contact us to make an appointment.