Because spinal cord stimulators work in the area where pain signals travel, electrical impulses can be directed to specific sites. This makes them effective at providing pain relief and decreases the need for pain medications. Spinal cord stimulators may also help prevent surgery.How is a spinal cord stimulator implanted?
During spinal cord stimulation, a device that delivers the electrical signals is implanted in the body through a needle placed in the back near the spinal cord. A small incision is then made to place the pulse generator in the upper buttock. The patient may turn the current off and on or adjust the intensity of the signals.How spinal cord stimulator (SCS) systems work?
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) works by masking these signals. With SCS therapy, a small implantable pulse generator (or IPG) and thin wires (leads) are placed in the body. The leads then deliver tiny pulses to the nerves that mask pain signals as they travel to the brain, producing a tingling sensation, which reduces the feeling of pain.