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Spinal Cord Stimulator

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a novel technology that addresses some of the most difficult back related pain problems experienced. Proven as an effective treatment option for many chronic pain sufferers, SCS is most often used for neuropathic pain, including diabetic neuropathy, radiculopathies and complex regional pain syndrome. If you suffer from chronic neuropathic pain, spinal cord stimulation may enable you to control and relieve your pain. Board-certified Pain Specialists at Virginia Spine Institute can determine if this is an appropriate option for you to help improve your life.

Benefits of Spinal Cord Stimulator

  • Alleviate symptoms when there is no surgical treatment
  • Small, minimally invasive procedure that is lower risk than having spinal surgery
  • Involves a trial to see how effective the stimulator is prior to implantation
  • Can be very effective for chronic nerve damage

Spinal Cord Stimulator FAQ

Is this a surgical procedure?

Yes. However if recommended by your pain management specialist, he would set you up with a trial first to see if you would be a good candidate for the stimulator. The trial is a small procedure done in the office. Once you have an effective trial, he will then have you follow up with a surgeon to discuss the surgery.

Is it MRI compatible?

Yes. Most newer models are MRI compatible.

How do you change its settings to make it most effective?

Most devices are controlled either by a remote or on an application that you can download onto your phone. You can change its setting to give you better symptom relief.

When do you have to change its battery?

Depending on the device and use, the battery will need to be exchanged every 6-8 years.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Thomas Nguyen

Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Niteesh Bharara

Orthopedic Specialist - Non-Surgical Sports Medicine
Director of Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Colin Haines

Spine Surgeon
Director of Research

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Reviewed by: Dr. Niteesh Bharara.