What is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)?

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is neurostimulation, which is similar to a pace maker. Neurostimulation is the process of safely delivering light electrical currents to interrupt pain signals. Primary candidates for SCS would be, post laminectomy syndrome, CRPS of the upper or lower extremities, and post postherpetic neuralgia. SCS will not completely eliminate the pain, but should provide at least 50% or more relief in pain.

How it works:

A patient interested in SCS will receive a one week trial period. After the trial period, the patient can then decide if they would like to continue with the surgery. The surgery is minimally evasive. It is an outpatient surgery. The surgery takes around 1hr and the patient will leave the same day.

The patient will have complete control of the implanted device through bluetooth. The patient will be able to control pain management discreetly in the real time.

What is Dorsal Root Ganglion
Stimulation (DRG)?

Like SCS, DRG is a type of neurostimulation that helps with pain management. However, DRG is able to focus in on a more specific part of the body. The patient will still receive a one week trial, and will still have total control of the pain management device through Bluetooth technology. Primary candidates for DRG would be patients with post total knee or hip surgery, post hernia repair, and CRPS of the lower extremities.

If you’re interested in SCS or DRG or would like more information,
please contact Commonwealth Pain and Spine today.

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