An implantable neurostimulator is a surgically placed device about the size of a stopwatch. It delivers mild electrical signals to the epidural space near your spine through one or more thin wires, called leads.
Neurostimulation provides pain relief by disrupting the pain signals traveling between the spinal cord and the brain. In other words, it outsmarts your pain.
Pain can move and intensify as you change positions. You can adjust the strength and location of stimulation to address these changes in pain with a handheld programmer. For example, if your pain moves or intensifies at different times of the day or during various activities - such as walking, sleeping, or sitting - you can accommodate these changes with different stimulation settings.
If your neurostimulator features AdaptiveStim® technology, then it will automatically adjust stimulation when you are upright (sitting or standing), lying down, or active while in an upright position.
A complete implantable neurostimulation system includes several components:
The neurostimulation system does not make any noise. It may be felt as a small bump under your skin, but does not normally show through your clothes.
Spinal cord stimulation provides advantages over other therapies for chronic pain:
Medtronic offers a variety of neurostimulation systems with different features tailored for different chronic pain symptoms. If you are a candidate for neurostimulation, your doctor can work with you to determine if Medtronic products, such as RestoreSensor® SureScan® MRI neurostimulator, are possible pain treatment options for you.
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