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After Surgery

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain

After your implant procedure, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions for post-surgery care and keep all follow-up appointments as scheduled.

Immediately After Surgery

Following your surgery, you will likely feel some discomfort at the incision sites. If you notice any swelling, pain, or redness near your incision, notify your doctor.

Post Surgery

You may also experience pain at the neurostimulator implant site after the surgery.

During this time, your doctor may recommend that you restrict your activity. You may need to avoid lifting, bending, and twisting movements. This allows time for scar tissue to form, which helps anchor the lead.

Commitment to Success

Overcoming back and leg pain requires a commitment from you. You will need to learn to operate the neurostimulation patient programmer and participate in other pain treatments, such as physical therapy, to help ensure success.

Ongoing Care

Talk with your doctor about which activities you can do and when you should be a little more careful. Call your doctor right away if you:

  • Experience additional or unusual pain
  • Notice changes in the effect your therapy is having on your pain

Follow-up with your doctor to ensure that the spinal cord stimulation is working correctly and relieving your pain. There are many stimulation settings available, so what you walk out of the procedure with is not the only option.

If you have a rechargeable device, you will need to recharge your neurostimulator regularly.


Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.