Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a method of treatment in which a surgically implanted pulse generator sends electrical current through the spine in order to interfere with nerve impulses that cause chronic pain. The pulse generator is inserted in the abdomen and small, coated wires run to the point in the spinal canal where the pain originates. The level of electricity (pulse strength) depends on the severity of the pain, and the patient activates the pulse generator for one to two hours at a time, three or four times a day. This method of treatment may be recommended for people who suffer from failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) or severe neurogenic pain caused by a degenerative spine condition.
Potential Risks of SCS
There are many potential benefits of SCS, including the ability to control the amount of pain relief you receive at the time and place of your choosing. However, there are several potential pitfalls, most notably the possibility that the body will develop a tolerance for the electrical stimulation – thereby decreasing the effectiveness of the treatment. Other risks include:
Minimally Invasive Treatment for Nerve Compression
If you have tried SCS but continue to suffer chronic pain after undergoing open back surgery, consider contacting Laser Spine Institute. Our orthopedic experts may be able to help you find relief from back and neck pain with a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure performed using endoscopic technology.
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