Spinal Cord Stimulator for Chronic Neck and Back Pain Treatment in Los Angeles
At Atlas Pain Management, your well-being is our main priority. For those who are severely suffering from chronic neck or back pain, despite undergoing back surgery or other treatments, Spinal Cord Stimulator treatment may be another option to consider. Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) uses electrical impulses to relive chronic pain of the back, arms and legs by averting pain signals from being received by the brain. The affected area of sharp pains may be replaced with tingling and soothing sensations. This treatment requires a trial period which will be performed by one of our highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced physicians. With over four offices in the Los Angeles County, we are conveniently located for patients residing in Downey, Long Beach and Whittier. Get the help you need with Atlas Pain Management to manage your chronic back and neck pain. Contact us to schedule a consultation appointment. For further details in regards to the spinal cord stimulation procedure, continue reading below. Learn more information in our Patient Education section.
Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant
Overview— Spinal cord stimulation (also called SCS) uses electrical impulses to relieve chronic pain of the back, arms and legs. It is believed that electrical pulses prevent pain signals from being received by the brain. SCS candidates include people who suffer from neuropathic pain and for whom conservative treatments have failed.
Trial Implantation— The injection site is anesthetized. One or more insulated wire leads are inserted through an epidural needle or through a small incision into the space surrounding the spinal cord, called the epidural space.Video: Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant
Find the Right Location— Electrodes at the end of the lead produce electrical pulses that stimulate the nerves, blocking pain signals. The patient gives feedback to help the physician determine where to place the stimulators to best block the patient's pain. The leads are connected to an external trial stimulator, which will be used for approximately one week to determine if SCS will help the patient.
Determine Effectiveness— If the patient and the physician determine that the amount of pain relief is acceptable, the system may be permanently implanted. At the end of the trial implantation, the leads are removed.
Permanent Implantation— The permanent implantation may be performed while the patient is under sedation or general anesthesia. First, one or more permanent leads are inserted through an epidural needle or a small incision into the predetermined location in the epidural space.
Generator Implantation— Next, a small incision is created, and the implantable pulse generator (IPG) battery is positioned beneath the skin. It is most often implanted in the buttocks or the abdomen. The leads are then connected to the IPG battery.
End of Procedure— The implant’s electrical pulses are programmed with an external wireless programmer. The patient can use the programmer to turn the system on or off, adjust the stimulation power level and switch between different programs.