Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a method of treatment in which a surgically implanted pulse generator sends electrical currents through the spine in order to interfere with nerve impulses that cause chronic pain. The pulse generator is inserted in the abdomen, and small, coated wires run to the point in the spinal canal where the pain originates. The level of electricity (pulse strength) depends on the severity of the pain, and the patient activates the pulse generator for one to two hours at a time, three or four times a day. This method of treatment may be recommended for people who have failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) or severe neurogenic pain caused by a degenerative spine condition.

Potential risks of SCS

There are many potential benefits of SCS, including the ability to control the amount of pain relief you receive at the time and place of your choosing. However, there are several potential pitfalls. One of the biggest is that the body can develop a tolerance for the electrical stimulation, which can decrease the effectiveness of the treatment. Other risks include:

  • Fibrosis (scar tissue) that develops around the site of the implant
  • Pain that advances beyond the reach of the pulse generator
  • Electrode or hardware failure
  • Infection
  • Spinal fluid leakage
  • Headache
  • Bladder issues
SAB Clinic offers a variety of services in Gurgaon, including
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
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