LEARN: Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant
February 18, 2013
Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is an FDA approved method of pain control for the treatment of chronic pain in patients who failed physical therapy, medications, prior surgeries or blocks. SCS uses electrical impulses to relieve chronic pain in the back, arms and legs. These impulses are believed to prevent pain signals from being received by the brain. Success rate is as high as 70% in some chronic pain conditions.
“Ideal candidates for this procedure are those for whom standard spine surgery has failed and are still in pain or have been told there is nothing that can be done. Also patients who experience pain in their limbs from neuropathy,” said Louis Noce, MD, of Capital Region Neurosurgery. “Our first group of patients who underwent implantation did extremely well. Each patient had suffered from debilitating pain for years and left the office after the trial with significant reduction in pain. Some came in using canes or walkers and left walking with out assistance. It is very rewarding to be able to offer these patients relief after others have told them there was nothing that could be done.”