October 21, 2019
— Colorado Springs – October, 2019 – Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is an excellent treatment option for chronic pain patients, who wish to avoid a risky surgery.
Neuromodulation (or neurostimulation) is a Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) by avoiding the excessive tissue injury and scarring, inherent to open surgery. The important thing to remember is that an SCS trial is not even surgery. Patients can test the neurostimulation (in a fully reversible fashion) to check if it works and is effective in treating their specific pain complaints.
Everyone’s experience of pain is unique and no two person’s complaints are the same. This may explain why spinal surgery is successful in some patients but in others, the pain worsens after surgery. SCS can be truly customized to each person’s specific needs and goals.
SCS offers several advantages, compared to conventional open surgery for neck or low back pain.
Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial
• Low risk profile
• Outpatient procedure and can be performed at the doctor’s office
• Takes less than an hour, start-to-finish
• Can be performed under local anesthetic
• Virtually no recovery time
• No post-operative rehab or physical therapy is required during the trial
• Go back to work the next day
• Require as little as an office visit
Open Spinal Surgery
• Performed in the hospital
• Takes several hours with considerable post-operative pain
• Long recovery time
• May be weeks before returning to work
• Several months of physical therapy
• Performed under general anesthesia and requires intubation
• High risk profile
• Irreversible and there is a big chance that pain could get worse
• Can be very expensive since it involves a surgeon, the anesthesiologist and the hospital
Is Spinal Cord Stimulation like TENS?
No. The only similarity between SCS and TENS is that both use electrical signals to control pain. SCS is definitely superior to TENS, due to the following factors –
• The signal is transmitted directly at the level of the spinal cord and is not dependent on tissue depth; highly effective
• no regular maintenance is needed, except for recharging
• battery needs to be replaced only once every 10 years (approximately)
• once implanted, there is nothing external – everything is located under the skin
• SCS can control pain in multiple areas at once, without the need for the leads to be moved
• SCS can be constantly changed and customized to your needs, even after implantation. This is achieved with the help of a wireless signal between the device and an external, handheld programming remote, without ever having to remove the SCS.
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