Chronic pain affects millions worldwide, impacting daily activities and diminishing overall quality of life. Spinal Cord Stimulation offers a promising solution for individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions who have not found relief through traditional treatments.

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)?

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is a minimally invasive procedure designed to alleviate chronic pain by modifying the transmission of pain signals to the brain. It involves the implantation of a small device that delivers electrical impulses to the spinal cord, thereby disrupting or masking the sensation of pain.

How Does Spinal Cord Stimulation Work?

During the procedure, thin wires (leads) are placed along the spinal cord, targeting the specific nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals. These leads are connected to a compact generator device implanted under the skin, typically in the abdomen or buttock region. The generator produces electrical pulses that interfere with the transmission of pain signals to the brain, thereby reducing the perception of pain.

Conditions Treated with Spinal Cord Stimulation:

SCS is commonly used to manage various chronic pain conditions, including:

  • Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
  • Chronic leg or back pain

Benefits of Spinal Cord Stimulation:

  • Significant reduction in pain intensity
  • Improved physical function and mobility
  • Reduced reliance on pain medications
  • Enhanced quality of life and psychological well-being
  • Customizable settings for individualized pain management

Candidates for Spinal Cord Stimulation:

Spinal Cord Stimulation may be recommended for individuals who:

  • Have experienced chronic pain for more than six months
  • Have not responded to conservative treatments such as medication, physical therapy, or injections
  • Are not candidates for additional surgical interventions
  • Have undergone a successful trial stimulation to assess the effectiveness of SCS

Recovery and Follow-Up:

Following the implantation procedure, patients typically experience a brief recovery period before resuming normal activities. Regular follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider are necessary to monitor device function, adjust stimulation settings, and address any concerns or complications.

We are dedicated to helping patients who are experiencing pain to achieve better outcomes. Our professional staff offers a range of treatments including DRG stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, and more. To learn more, please contact us by phone or schedule an appointment online. We have several convenient locations throughout Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Port Charlotte FL, Dunedin FL, and St. Petersburg, FL to better serve you.