Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)
SCS uses similar technology to a pacemaker with the end result being an electrode placed in the epidural space which is connected to a pulsed generator placed under your skin (typically upper abdomen or buttocks). This technology is usually reserved for patients with refractory extremity pain not responsive to other conservative treatments. Turning on the electrode causes a “tingling” sensation which helps to decrease the perceived pain of the involved extremity. A trial lead is placed first and connected to a generator outside of your body. The patient then goes home for two to three days with the trial lead in to determine if this technology works for the patient. The trial lead is then pulled. If the trial was successful, the total system is then implanted two to four weeks later. Adjustments may be made with an external computer if required.