Spinal Cord Stimulation FAQs
Get answers to frequently asked questions about living with a Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) system below. If you don’t see the answer to your question, feel free to give us a call at (866) 360-4747.
When can I resume my usual activity?
For several weeks after the procedure you will be asked to restrict your physical activity. Once that period is over, your SCS system is designed to help you lead a healthy and active lifestyle. However, you should always consult your doctor before resuming activity after surgery or before engaging in physical activities. For more information about the recovery process, please visit our recovery section.
Will I be totally pain-free with SCS?
People differ in the amount of pain relief they receive with SCS therapy. Many people experience a reduction in pain sensations. The trial procedure will help you determine the amount of relief you may receive.
Will SCS allow me to be free of pain medications?
For some patients, SCS works well enough that pain medications are no longer needed. For others, it can mean a reduction in the amount of pain medication they need. Always consult your doctor before changing your dosage of any medications.
Can I control the stimulation therapy?
Yes, the cordless remote control allows you to turn stimulation on and off, increase and decrease the level of stimulation, and target different pain areas using settings or programs designed specifically for you.
Do I use my SCS system 24 hours a day?
It’s up to you. Boston Scientific spinal cord stimulation (SCS) systems are designed for 24-hour-a-day use, should you wish. However, there are a few limitations, which your physician can describe. For instance, you should not turn on stimulation while driving or charge while sleeping.
Can one SCS system help me with pain in multiple areas?
Yes, this system is designed to address multiple pain areas at the same time. You can use your remote control to adjust the amount of stimulation for each pain area.
Can I get diagnostic imaging with this system?
SCS patients have many imaging options. Commonly used methods such as X-Rays, CT Scans, PET Scans and Ultrasounds can image many different parts of the body, including soft tissue. In addition, the Precision Montage™ MRI System provides access to full-body MRI scans, under specified conditions, for patients who meet the eligibility requirements. SCS systems have varying limitations and conditions related to MRI scans. Talk to your doctor to find out which option is right for you.
Will I feel the implant? Is it visible to others?
The implant features a contoured oval shape and is small in size. Your doctor can position it in the most comfortable and convenient location in your body. Patients often report that they can feel the unit by pressing on their skin. In most cases, it isn’t visible to others.
How convenient is it to recharge the implant battery?
Recharging the implant battery is designed to be convenient and simple. The charger is lightweight, cordless and portable so you can charge on the go. Either an adhesive patch or soft cloth belt (included with the charger) can be used to recharge.
How can I order supplies for my SCS system?
Call us at (866) 360-4747 to order supplies for your SCS system, such as a new charger, remote cover, patient programmer or adhesive patches. Our Patient Care representatives are also happy to help coordinate coverage of replacement supplies through your health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or Workers' Compensation plan.
Is spinal cord stimulation safe?
Yes, spinal cord stimulation has been proven safe and effective and has been in use for decades. Over 400,000 people worldwide have been successfully treated with SCS therapy. You should review the risks of SCS with your physician.
How long will my Spinal Cord Stimulator last?
Boston Scientific SCS systems use powerful, rechargeable battery technology that carries a five-year warranty.
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