FAQ SPINAL CORD STIMULATION

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PATIENT?

PATIENT FAQ
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CAREGIVER?

CAREGIVER FAQ

FAQ FOR PATIENTS

 

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WILL MY INSURANCE COMPANY COVER THE INTELLIS™ SYSTEM?

Many insurance companies cover the cost of spinal cord stimulation. However, as with many pain treatments, your doctor will need to get prior approval from your insurance provider before you can receive treatment. To find out about your coverage, talk with your doctor or your insurance company. Most workers’ compensation carriers also 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 TO HAVE ANOTHER SURGERY TO REPLACE THE SCS NEUROSTIMULATOR?

FAQ FOR CAREGIVERS

 

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WHAT CAN I EXPECT FOR MY LOVED ONE IF HE OR SHE MOVES FORWARD WITH SCS?

Published studies have shown that when used by patients with chronic intractable pain, spinal cord stimulation may offer the following benefits:

  • Long-term neuropathic pain relief for chronic pain of the back and or legs, or of the extremities.2,3
  • Improved quality of life2,3
  • Greater effectiveness than repeat surgery for persistent radicular pain after lumbosacral spine surgery4
  • Successful pain disability reduction3
  • Better cost-efficiency than conventional medical management and reoperation4

CAN SCS PATIENTS RECEIVE MRI SCANS?

WHAT CAN I DO FOR MY LOVED ONE AS HE OR SHE EXPLORES MEDTRONIC SCS?


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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

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.