Chronic pain in the back, neck, or legs can be debilitating, causing individuals to miss out on important family activities or struggle with completing daily tasks. Many people turn to long-term pain medication use to find relief, but it can be challenging to find a solution that works. At Ramos Center, we strive to provide long-lasting solutions for those suffering from chronic pain.
With recent technological advancements, Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) has become an increasingly effective option for managing chronic pain. SCS works by blocking pain signals transmitted from nerves to the brain. Successful treatment results in fast and long-lasting pain relief.
In this article, we will explore the SCS procedure, its benefits, and how the use of high and low frequency treatments can help control pain over an extended period.
The process of performing a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) is usually quick and requires only general anesthesia. However, patients can discuss alternative options with their doctor. During the procedure, an epidural needle is inserted into the vertebrae and then into the space between the spinal cord and the spine. An electrode is then placed through the needle into the affected area where pain signals are being transmitted to the brain. The battery is typically inserted through a small incision made in the lower back or buttocks.
At Ramos Center, the HF10 therapy system is used, which offers several advantages over standard SCS treatments. These benefits include a high success rate in providing relief from chronic back, neck, and leg pain, with as many as 85% of patients reporting reduced pain following the procedure. Additionally, the HF10 system does not cause tingling, buzzing, or shocks, which are common side effects of other SCS treatments. This advanced technology eliminates chronic pain while also preventing paresthesia.
Furthermore, the HF10 system provides patients with greater freedom as they can sleep and drive with the battery on. Finally, HF10 is compatible with pain medication, which means patients can continue to use pain medication if necessary.
One of the pioneering high frequency SCS devices, the HF10, became available in 2015. In a short period of time, and through clinical trials, this SCS has shown to be highly effective in alleviating chronic back and leg pain, with a success rate of over 80%. On the other hand, low frequency SCS devices have shown an average success rate of 40-50%. The HF10 is also the first of its kind to eliminate paresthesia, providing patients with greater freedom. Even after 24 months of use, patients have reported a significant improvement in their lives with an ongoing success rate of 80%.
Our team of surgical experts comprises some of the top doctors in the field, dedicated to helping you attain a pain-free life. We are available for consultations to discuss pain management options and will assist you in any way possible. Feel free to visit us today or call to schedule an appointment.