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Spinal Cord Stimulator


A Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) is a small device, similar to a pacemaker, that uses electrical impulses to relieve chronic pain of the back, arms, and legs. The device masks pain signals before they reach the brain.

HOW IS A Spinal Cord Stimulator INSTALLED?

Typically, the patient is lightly sedated. the patient lays on their stomach and will give feedback on where the implant is best positioned to block the pain.

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Most patients can return home the same day or the morning following the spinal cord stimulator implant procedure. Your physician will program the pulse generator and give you written instructions before you go home. After surgery patients typically experience mild discomfort and swelling at the incision site. You should not bend, twist, lift, or reach for about 6 weeks after surgery, as these actions could cause the lead wires to come out of place. Do not drive, drink alcohol, or carry out strenuous activity.