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THE IMPLANT
SPINAL CORD STIMULATION

DURING YOUR PROCEDURE

The procedure is most often performed in a hospital or surgery center on an outpatient basis.

Illustration of spine with Medtronic Intellis spinal cord stimulation device implant

Your physician will:

  1. Make an incision on your back and place the leads (medical wires) that deliver the stimulation into the epidural space of your spinal cord.
  2. Make a second incision and create a pocket under the skin that is large enough to hold the neurostimulator.
  3. Connect the leads to the neurostimulator.
  4. Close the incisions and complete the surgery.

AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE

After your spinal cord stimulator implant procedure, follow your physician's recovery and care instructions. It is important to keep all follow-up appointments as scheduled.

A System for Pain Relief

Discover how a spinal cord stimulator works to deliver pain relief.

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YOU DESERVE TO 

TAKE CONTROL OF PAIN

If you and your doctor decide a permanent spinal cord stimulator is right for you, the Intellis™ neurostimulator (or one of our other neurostimulators) will be implanted during a surgical procedure.

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SPEAK WITH AN

EXPERT

We’ll help you get the answers you need to determine if this therapy is right for you. Chat with a current patient (Ambassador) or nurse, or find a physician.

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Every patient experience is unique. Not everyone who receives Medtronic neurostimulation therapy will experience the same results.


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.