Spinal Cord Stimulators (SCS) are considered the most viable long-term solution for chronic pain sufferers. They are implanted into the area surrounding the spinal canal and work by blocking pain signals from nerves to the brain, making them a neuromodulation device.

Psychological screening is necessary for patients before implanting an SCS, as the process may have a negative effect on those with untreated anxiety or depression. If a patient is anxious before the procedure, the surgery may not effectively treat their chronic pain and may cause other side effects. Also, the implant may exacerbate pre-existing mental conditions that have not been addressed beforehand.

Patients with pre-existing anxiety or depression are not automatically disqualified. Psychological screening helps doctors determine if patients need to see a therapist or take medication before the implant.

The psychological screening is a simple and confidential process. A certified psychologist meets with the patient to discuss their physical and emotional pain, medical history, family life, and previous drug or alcohol abuse issues. The appointment typically takes two hours, and information is only shared with the patient’s doctor with written consent.

At Ramos Center, we believe in full mind and body healing for chronic pain sufferers. Patients with less stress and anxiety have better adaptability to spinal cord stimulation treatment. Our team of doctors, nurses, nutritionists, and therapists is dedicated to the healing and recovery process.

Dr. Ramos is committed to helping patients find alternative solutions for chronic pain. Contact us today to learn more about spinal cord stimulation and other alternative pain management options. No one should be trapped living a life in chronic pain. Make a choice today to change your life for the better!

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