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Nevada Pain Care Treatments

Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant (Trial Procedure)

Spinal cord stimulation (also called SCS) uses electrical impulses to relieve chronic pain of the back, arms and legs. It is believed that electrical pulses prevent pain signals from being received by the brain. SCS candidates include people who suffer from neuropathic pain and for whom conservative treatments have failed.

Treatment Quick Facts

What is this treatment for?

The spinal cord stimulator implant trial is designed to determine if enough pain relief is achieved to warrant implanting a permanent device.

How is this treatment administered?

Your provider inserts wire leads into your epidural space. Electrical pulses are sent through the leads, and patient feedback is recorded on the level of pain relief achieved at different locations.

How long is this treatment?

The time needed to determine the best placement of the trial device may vary. Once implanted, patients will use the trial device for one week to record its efficacy. 
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About Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant (Trial Procedure)

What is the procedure like?

The injection site is anesthetized. One or more insulated wire leads are inserted through an epidural needle or through a small incision into the space surrounding the spinal cord, called the epidural space. Electrodes at the end of the lead produce electrical pulses that stimulate the nerves, blocking pain signals. The patient gives feedback to help the physician determine where to place the stimulators to best block the patient’s pain. The leads are connected to an external trial stimulator, which will be used for approximately one week to determine if SCS will help the patient.

What happens after the procedure?

If the patient and physician determine that the amount of pain relief is acceptable, the system may be permanently implanted. At the end of the trial implantation, the leads are removed.

Is this treatment right for you?

Schedule an appointment to discuss this treatment with your provider.

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