Spinal cord stimulation was first used in 1967 and subsequently approved by the FDA in 1989 to relieve pain from nerve damage in your legs, arms, or trunk. SCS works by delivering a mild electrical stimulation to your nerves along your spine through a small device — this stimulation interferes with your nerve’s ability to send pain messages to your brain.
If you’ve had one or more back or neck surgeries, and still you’re in pain, you’re not alone. In fact, there’s even a name for the problem: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). FBSS is the most common reason people seek SCS.
Increasingly, the medical community is turning to SCS for a host of other pain issues, including:
As an orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Rogers has extensive experience evaluating and treating pain originating in the spine, and he’ll help you to determine whether SCS would provide relief for your problem.
If you and Dr. Rogers decide that SCS is the best course of action, the first step is to undergo a trial run to make sure the treatment works for your pain issue. Instead of implanting the SCS device, Dr. Rogers inserts thin wires equipped with electrodes into your back for up to a week to see how you respond. These wires produce the same effect as the more permanent SCS procedure. The trial period allows you to test your body’s responsiveness to the treatment without having to commit to SCS.
If your trial run is a success, Dr. Rogers implants the permanent leads along your spine in a minimally invasive procedure that he performs in his office. In order to power the electrodes. Dr. Rogers also places a small generator under your skin, typically in your abdomen, buttocks, or chest.
SCS is considered quite safe and has several advantages over other treatment methods including:
To learn more about the potential of SCS in treating your chronic pain, call Beverly Oaks Surgery or book an appointment online.
We work with our patients to obtain the most affordable insurance coverage possible. We also provide financial assistance for the uninsured and under-insured.
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