FAQ SPINAL CORD STIMULATION
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.
The spinal cord stimulator trial is designed to mimic what you’ll experience with the implanted device. Your doctor will adjust your Medtronic neurostimulator to optimize your pain relief.
Many people experience significant pain reduction in regions such as their extremities, leg, and/or back with spinal cord stimulation.1 However, the therapy doesn’t treat the source of pain, so the degree of pain reduction will vary from person to person. Medtronic SCS is recommended as an aid in the management of chronic, intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs.
Your doctor will program the settings based on your needs and preferences, but you can adjust the level of simulation using your handheld programmer, which works like a remote control.
Your treatment-related information is stored on your device, so you can be treated at any clinic that uses the Medtronic neurostimulators.
Approximately 82% of patients implanted with a spinal cord stimulator will need an MRI within five years to diagnose an unrelated condition. Medtronic SureScan™ MRI Technology allows you to have access to MRI scans anywhere on the body.†
Depending on your neurostimulator it may need to be replaced in the future due to malfunction or depletion. The Intellis device with Medtronic Overdrive™ battery technology maintains nearly full capacity (less than 5% fade) at 9 years, at which point replacement is recommended. At this point, the SCS device should be replaced.
Published studies have shown that when used by patients with chronic intractable pain, spinal cord stimulation may offer the following benefits:
Approximately 82% of patients implanted with a spinal cord stimulator will need an MRI within five years to diagnose an unrelated condition. Medtronic SureScan™ MRI Technology allows you to have access to MRI scans anywhere on the body.
Under specific conditions. Talk to your doctor and refer to product labeling for full list of conditions.
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