Spinal Cord Stimulator Implants
- Spinal cord stimulation therapy uses a small device that masks pain signals traveling up the spinal cord before they can reach the brain. The device is placed under the skin near the spinal cord in the epidural space and delivers a mild electric current to block the nerve pain.
- A weeklong trial simulation is performed before the device is permanently implanted. This gives you the chance to test the device and see the pain relief before committing to the device.
- The spinal stimulator lead is a thin wire that is placed through a needle in the epidural space. The trial stimulator is a small device that is taped to the back for the trial period. If the trial is successful, the patient can choose to implant a permanent spinal cord stimulator. This device is close to the size of a pacemaker.
- Effectiveness varies from person to person.