Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) placement is a procedure designed to implant a non obtrusive system into the patient’s body. This system is similar to a modern day pacemaker. SCS delivers small streams of electrical impulses to the spinal cord targeting pain. The patient is given a remote to control the frequency and strength of SCS as needed.
To understand how spinal cord stimulator (SCS) works, it is helpful to understand the components of a spinal cord stimulator system. SCS systems typically consist of three components designed to work together:
Leads—Very thin cables that deliver electrical pulses to nerves along your spinal cord.
Generator—Small device that holds the electronic components and sends the electrical current through the lead.
Controller—”Remote control” that lets you adjust the strength and/or location of the electrical pulses that are pre-programmed.
For spinal cord stimulator (SCS) to control your pain, you must have a small system placed in your body. An SCS system looks and works a lot like a pacemaker. In fact, SCS systems are sometimes called “pacemakers for pain.” An SCS system generates mild electrical pulses and sends them to your spinal cord. These electrical pulses replace the feeling of pain with a tingling or massaging sensation