Spinal Cord Stimulation

For people living with chronic pain, Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) can be an alternative to other therapies used to manage neuropathic chronic pain.

This minimally invasive surgery consists of implanting a device called a neuromodulator  that sends mild electrical impulses to the epidural space near the spine.  Neuropathic chronic pain is caused by abnormal nerve signalling in the nervous system and commonly, does not respond to most pain relief strategies.  Put simply, when the body feels pain, it is really a reaction to signals transmitted throughout the body which are sent from the pain source, up through the nerves in the spinal cord to the brain where they are perceived as pain.  SCS does not eliminate the pain but creates a tingling sensation or  numbness called paraesthesia through inhibiting the pain signals that are sent to the brain.

SCS is mostly being used in the treatment of failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome and refractory pain due to ischemia.

For more information on SCS, please consult your Surgeon.


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