OVERVIEW SPINAL CORD STIMULATION


Learn how spinal cord stimulation can be used to treat chronic pain.
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A NON-OPIOID ALTERNATIVE

Medtronic spinal cord stimulation (SCS) offers a non-opioid, FDA approved alternative when other chronic pain treatments have failed, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Oral or transdermal medication
  • Injections or radio frequency
  • Surgery

HOW IT WORKS

SCS disrupts the pain signals traveling between the spinal cord and the brain. Stimulation is delivered by a neurostimulator — a device similar to a pacemaker — implanted under the skin.

The impulses travel from the device to the spine over thin insulated wires called leads.

Graphic showing how the neurostimulator uses leads to connect to the spine.

EFFECTIVE PAIN RELIEF WITH PROVEN RESULTS    

DTM™ SCS therapy is a proprietary therapy only proven on the Intellis™ system, with superior technology that supports multiple therapy options to meet the needs of individual patients.

A recent clinical study of DTM™ SCS demonstrated superior back pain relief compared to conventional stimulation at 3 months after a permanent implant (94 implanted patients)1. The study also showed:

~Approx. 2 out of 3 patients reported profound pain relief of 80% or more with DTM SCS.  80% of patients experienced pain reduction of 50% or greater

SEE IF SCS IS RIGHT FOR YOU

Learn about how you can trial the therapy first, to help you and your doctor decide if this therapy may be right for you.

LEARN ABOUT THE TRIAL
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THERAPY WITH MEDTRONIC SCS

  • Discreet trialing system lets you try SCS before committing
  • World’s smallest SCS neurostimulator implant
  • Convenient wireless communication system that works with your life
  • Fast, convenient recharging — empty to full in approximately one hour
  • Neurostimulator that automatically adjusts the therapy as your body moves
  • Access to MRI* scans anywhere on your body so you’re prepared for the future
Front view of the Medtronic Intellis Device with AdaptiveStim technology, used for spinal cord stimulation therapy

THE IMPLANT
PROCEDURE

Learn more about what to expect before, during, and after your implant procedure.

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1

Fishman M, Cordner H, Justiz R, et al. Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial to Study the Effects of DTM-SCS in Treating Intractable Chronic Low Back Pain: 3 Month Results. Presentation at NANS 2020, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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