Spinal Cord Stimulator

Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center -  - Neurosurgery

Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center

Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine, Pain Medicine, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy located in Sandy Springs & Smyrna, Atlanta, GA

Are you frustrated with your back pain, and sick of solutions that don’t work? If so, reach out to Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center, located in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan-area cities of Sandy Springs and Smyrna, to find out if spinal cord stimulator (SCS) treatment can provide you with relief. SCS is a nonchemical, minimally invasive treatment that uses electrical currents to disrupt pain signals traveling to your brain. Countless patients suffering with chronic pain have found their answer in SCS. To find yours, call or use the online booking tool today.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Q & A

What is a spinal cord stimulator?

A spinal cord stimulator, or SCS, is a device that the team at Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center can use to treat neuropathic pain caused by damaged nerves. SCS works well with nerves damaged by events and conditions like:

  • Arthritis 
  • Injuries
  • Surgical complications

Typically, the practice reserves SCS devices for those patients who have suffered with pain for more than a year. You may also be a candidate for treatment if past intervention hasn’t been successful.

Many patients have found that SCS treatment works better for their chronic neuropathic leg and back pain than repeat surgery.

How does SCS treatment work?

SCS devices deliver mild electrical currents to the nerves in your spinal column, in order to interrupt pain signals on the way to the brain. In doing so, they minimize pain.

SCS treatment requires a surgical implantation. To make sure that the treatment is right for you, before implanting the device, your team conducts a seven-day trial period with you. During this trial, they place temporary electrodes in your lower back. 

Your team then provides you with an external battery, which you can wear on a belt around your waist. Whenever you experience pain, you can activate the SCS with a remote control.

If after that week, you find that the treatment has effectively reduced your pain, your team proceeds with surgical implantation. This takes place at the practice’s on-site outpatient surgery center.

During implantation, they place the permanent electrodes, also known as stimulator leads, between the vertebrae and the spinal cord, inside an area called the epidural space. Then, they implant a battery pack, similar to a pacemaker, underneath the skin in your abdomen or back.

What is SCS implantation recovery like?

Typically, patients fully heal after two to four weeks. Immediately after surgery, avoid stretching or twisting, and plan to restrict yourself to light activities for about two weeks. You can remove your dressings after about three days.

You may return to your regular activities, including driving, after one to two weeks, or when your team recommends. Remember to leave your stimulator off when driving.

If you’re suffering with chronic nerve pain, and nothing has worked for you in the past, don’t give up. Instead, find out if spinal cord stimulation may be right for you. To schedule your consultation, call Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center, or use the online booking tool.