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Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant (Trial Procedure)

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Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) can be an effective option for patients with chronic back, leg, or arm pain who have not found relief from other treatments.  However, it does not work for everyone. Some find the neurostimulation sensation to be uncomfortable, and for others, the treatment isn’t sufficiently effective to relive their pain. As a result, before a spinal cord stimulator is permanently implanted, a trial stimulation is always performed first.

With a trial spinal cord stimulator procedure, leads are implanted temporarily to test the effectiveness of the therapy and whether you are comfortable with the pain relief sensation that it delivers. This is an outpatient procedure the enables you test the implant for around 7 to 10 days at home in your normal surroundings.  If the trial does not live up to expectations, the trial wires can be removed in a simple office procedure with almost no discomfort and without damaging the spinal cord and nerves.

If the trial is successful in reducing your pain and you are comfortable with the sensation it delivers, then you will be a candidate for the permanent spinal cord stimulator implantation procedure.

The remainder of the article explores the trial spinal cord stimulation procedure in depth. For more information on the permanent spinal cord stimulation procedure that follows a trial, CLICK HERE.

Video Primer: Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant (Trial Procedure)

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