FAQ SPINAL CORD STIMULATION (SCS)

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LEARNING ABOUT SCS?

NEW PATIENT FAQ
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ALREADY A MEDTRONIC PATIENT?

CURRENT PATIENT FAQ

FAQ FOR NEW PATIENTS

 

New to SCS? Find patient resources, read about the therapy, or learn more about life with SCS.

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WILL MY INSURANCE COMPANY COVER THE INTELLIS™ SYSTEM?

Many insurance companies cover the cost of spinal cord stimulation (SCS). However, as with many pain treatments, your doctor will need approval from your insurance provider before you can receive treatment. Talk with your doctor or insurance company to find out what your coverage includes. Most workers’ compensation carriers cover neurostimulators if approved before treatment.

WILL THE IMPLANTED DEVICE GIVE ME THE SAME PAIN RELIEF AS THE TRIAL?

WILL THE DEVICE COMPLETELY ELIMINATE MY CHRONIC PAIN?

CAN I CONTROL THE STIMULATION?

CAN I TRAVEL OR MOVE TO ANOTHER PART OF THE COUNTRY?

CAN I RECEIVE AN MRI SCAN?

Will I need another surgery to replace the SCS neurostimulator?

Why do I need a psychological evaluation before an SCS procedure?

How do I recharge my device?

FAQ FOR IMPLANTED PATIENTS

 


Existing patient? Find patient resources, or learn more about recharging your device or getting an MRI.

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CAN I RECEIVE AN MRI SCAN?

Approximately 82% of patients implanted with an SCS will need an MRI within five years to diagnose an unrelated condition. Medtronic SureScan™ MRI Technology allows patients to have access to MRI scans anywhere on the body.†

To learn more, visit our MRI page

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCREENING DEVICES FOUND AT AIRPORTS?

HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH THE MEDTRONIC REP?

HOW CAN I UPDATE MY CONTACT INFORMATION?

HOW CAN I FIND A DOCTOR OR DOWNLOAD A USER GUIDE?

EQUIPMENT: HOW CAN I REPLACE IF LOST OR STOLEN? WHAT IF I NO LONGER NEED?

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHARGE MY IMPLANT AND HOW LONG SHOULD IT TAKE?

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THE INTELLIS™ CONTROLLER SCREEN IS BLANK?

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T CHARGE MY RESTORE™ IMPLANT BATTERY?

WHERE CAN I GO TO FIND THE MEANING OF THE MESSAGES/CODES ON MY SCREEN?


MR-Conditional IconUnder specific conditions. Talk to your doctor and refer to product labeling for full list of conditions.

1

Kumar K, Taylor RS, Jacques L, et al. The effects of spinal cord stimulation in neuropathic pain are sustained: a 24-month follow-up of the prospective randomized controlled multicenter trial of the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation. Neurosurgery. 2008;63(4):762-770; discussion 770.

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Harke H, Gretenkort P, Ladleif HU, Rahman S. Spinal cord stimulation in sympathetically maintained complex regional pain syndrome type I with severe disability. A prospective clinical study. Eur J Pain. 2005:9(4);363-373.

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North RB, Kidd DH, Farrokhi F, Piantadosi SA. Spinal cord stimulation versus repeated lumbosacral spine surgery for chronic pain: a randomized, controlled trial. Neurosurgery. 2005;56(1):98-107.

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North RB, Kidd D, Shipley J, Taylor RS. Spinal cord stimulation versus reoperation for failed back surgery syndrome: a cost effectiveness and cost utility analysis based on a randomized, controlled trial. Neurosurgery. 2007;61(2):361-369.

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.