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Spine & Pain Management in Anderson, Easley, Greenville, Upstate SC
Learn moreabout spinal cord stimulation from the device maker : Medtronics
Stimulation does not eliminate the source of pain, it simply interferes with the
signal to the brain, and so the amount of pain relief varies for each person. Also,
some patients find the tingling sensation unpleasant. For these reasons a trial stimulation
is performed before the device is permanently implanted. The goal for spinal cord
stimulation is a 50-70% reduction in pain. However, even a small amount of pain reduction
can be significant if it helps you to perform your daily activities with less pain
and reduces the amount of pain medication you take. Stimulation does not work for
everyone. If unsuccessful, the implant can be removed and does not damage the spinal
cord or nerves.
There are many types of stimulation systems. The most common is an internal pulse
generator with a battery. A SCS system consists of...
An implantable pulse generator with battery that creates electrical pulses.
A lead with a number of electrodes (4-16) that delivers electrical pulses
to the spinal cord.
An extension wire that connects the pulse generator to the lead.
A hand-held remote control that turns the pulse generator on and off and
adjusts the pulses.
The battery inside the pulse generator delivers low voltage and needs to be surgically
replaced every 2 to 5 years if it is a standard battery. Rechargeable battery systems
may last up to 10 years, depending on usage. Your doctor will select the best type
of system for you during the trial stimulation.
The pulse generator is programmable by the doctor and has three settings:
Frequency (rate): number of times stimulation is delivered per second. Too few results
in no sensation. Too many results in a washboard or bumpy effect.
Pulse width: determines size of area stimulation will cover.
Pulse amplitude: determines threshold of perception to pain.
Spinal cord stimulation uses low voltage stimulation of the spinal nerves to block
the feeling of pain. It helps you to better manage your pain and potentially decrease
the amount of pain medication. It may be an option if you have long-term (chronic)
leg or arm pain, and have not found relief through traditional methods. A small battery-powered
generator implanted in the body transmits an electrical current to your spinal cord.
By interrupting pain signals, the procedure has shown success in returning some people
to a more active lifestyle.