How SCS Systems Work
Boston Scientific’s Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) systems work by interrupting pain impulses before they reach the brain to help you manage your pain and lead a fuller life. Find out more about how SCS systems work below
The Science of Pain
Your nerves and brain are constantly communicating with each other. And when you feel pain, it's because the nerves are sending a pain signal to your brain. The pain can be acute, which occurs immediately after an injury and goes away within two months when treated properly. Or the pain can be chronic, which includes any type of pain that lasts six months or longer.
How Do Spinal Cord Stimulator Systems Work?
SCS systems have a small implanted pulse generator (IPG) and thin wires called ‘leads” that are placed into your body. To manage your pain, the leads deliver tiny pulses to specific nerves on the spinal cord that mask pain signals traveling to the brain. Some people say SCS feels like a gentle tingling or fluttering sensation that replaces the pain. The medical term for this is "paresthesia." The feeling is different for everyone and the amount of pain relief you receive from SCS therapy will vary.
Potential risks are involved with any surgery. Be sure to talk with your doctor about these risks and visit ControlYourPain.com for complete spinal cord stimulation safety information for your device.
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