Woman bowls surrounded by group of friends.

IMPLANT PROCEDURE SPINAL CORD STIMULATION

If your trial is successful, the next step may be a permanent implant.
ASK A NURSE ABOUT THE PROCEDURE

The Procedure

Following a successful trial, you and your doctor will decide if a permanent implant is right for you.

The implant procedure is similar to the trial procedure, you will have leads placed near your spinal cord. In addition, the neurostimulator will be permanently implanted under your skin. The procedure is usually done in a hospital or surgery center on an outpatient basis, and takes about one to three hours.

POST PROCEDURE

After the surgery, it may take you several weeks to recover and for the leads to settle into place. During this time, your doctor may advise that you avoid certain activities, including those that involve lifting, bending, and twisting. You may also experience pain at the neurostimulator implant site.

The system won’t be turned on until you’ve recovered, so remember not to expect pain relief from spinal cord stimulation (SCS) immediately after surgery. Once your system is turned on and you’ve experienced the therapy for a while, follow up with your doctor to ensure that it’s working correctly and relieving your pain. There are many stimulation settings available. Your doctor will help you find the settings that are right for you.

FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENTS

Follow-up appointments are usually once every six months. However, initially the neurostimulation system may require more frequent adjustments. Your doctor will explain how to personalize your therapy to achieve the best pain relief. Your therapy programmer can adjust the stimulation to levels that are right for you. This puts you in control of your stimulation, to make sure the therapy is meeting your needs.

UNDERSTAND THE RISKS

Implanting the SCS system requires surgery which can have serious complications. Once the neurostimulation system is implanted, it’s possible that device complications may occur. Talk with your doctor to fully understand the risks and benefits of any therapy.

 

 

alt

AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTS TO YOUR POSITION

The Intellis™ system with AdaptiveStim™ technology automatically adjusts stimulation levels as you move. 

SEE LIFE WITH SCS

TALK TO AN
AMBASSADOR

Ambassadors are patients that currently use SCS therapy and volunteer to share their experience. This service is for people interested in learning about SCS. Medical advice can not be given.   

TALK TO AN AMBASSADOR

Find a Doctor

Find a pain management specialist who can answer your questions about SCS.

WATCH
PATIENT STORIES

Watch our patient videos to see how SCS impacted their lives.

WATCH STORIES

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.