Published studies have shown that patients who suffer from chronic pain can obtain a 50%-80% reduction in pain with a stimulator. After your successful 5-day trial of the spinal cord stimulator, the next step is the permanent implant.
Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant Q & A
How is the SCS implanted?
The implant procedure is done on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. The device is surgically placed under the skin and carries a mild electric current to your spinal cord. Thin wires, or leads, carry the current to the nerve fibers in the area where you are experiencing pain. The surgery can take between 60 and 90 minutes.
What is the aftercare following the permanent implant?
After the implant, light activity is recommended for the first 2-3 weeks and complete recovery can take 6-8 weeks. During that time, adjustments to the stimulation may be needed to obtain the maximum benefits.