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Spinal Cord Stimulation

Thank you for considering our practice for your upcoming procedure. We understand that surgery can be overwhelming, but we are committed to providing you with the information and care you need to feel confident and prepared for your procedure. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery.

About the Procedure

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?

A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) procedure is a type of surgery that involves the implantation of a small device that sends electrical impulses to the spinal cord to block pain signals from reaching the brain. The procedure is typically performed to relieve chronic pain that has not responded to other treatments.

Before the procedure:

Before your surgery, you will meet with your doctor to discuss the procedure and ask any questions you may have. You may need to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, and fast for a certain period of time before your surgery. Your doctor will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your procedure.

During the procedure:

The spinal cord stimulator procedure is typically performed in two stages. During the first stage, a trial stimulation is conducted to determine if the device will be effective in treating your pain. The trial stimulation involves the placement of a temporary electrode in the epidural space, which is located between the spinal cord and the vertebrae. This electrode is connected to a temporary external generator, which delivers electrical impulses to the spinal cord.

If the trial stimulation is successful and you experience significant pain relief, you will move on to the second stage of the procedure, which involves the implantation of a permanent device. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make a small incision in your back and insert the permanent electrode into the epidural space. The electrode is then connected to a small generator that is implanted under the skin of your buttocks or abdomen. The generator sends electrical impulses to the electrode to interrupt pain signals.

After the procedure:

After the procedure, you will be monitored in a recovery room until the anesthesia wears off. You may need to stay in the hospital for a day or two for observation before you are discharged. You will be given instructions on how to care for the incision site and how to use the spinal cord stimulator device. You will also be given guidelines on how to gradually increase your activity level over time.

We hope this information has been helpful in preparing you for your procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to support you throughout your entire journey to recovery.

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