Using Your SCS Charging System

 

Get step-by-step instructions for using your Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) charging system and learn how to safely store, handle and clean your charger.

 

How to Charge Your SCS System

 

 

1. Connecting the Power Supply

Plug the power supply into an outlet and connect it to the base station.

 

 

2. Charging the Charger

Place the charger in the base station. When your charger is fully charged, the light will turn green.

Green Light = Fully Charged
Amber Light = Partially Charged
No Light = A Connection is Loose

 

3. Using the Belt

Place the charger in the pouch of the charger belt and push the power button. Close the flap. Be sure the charger is facing outward.

 

 

To open, undo the hook-and-loop fastener strap and pull through the belt loop.

 

 

Wrap the charger belt around your waist and insert the strap back through the loop. Be sure the charger is directly over the stimulator.

 

 

Pull the strap in the opposite direction and secure the hook-and-loop fastener.

If necessary, you can adjust the other side.

 

 

4. Locating the Stimulator

The charger will beep continually as it searches for the stimulator. To locate the stimulator, place the charger over the implant area and move it around until the beeping stops.

 

5. Charging Tips

  • Occasionally check the charger to ensure that it is centered over the stimulator as this will ensure the shortest charging time.
  • The indicator light may turn amber. This is normal and you may continue charging.
  • If the charger requires recharging, it will beep slowly regardless of stimulator alignment.
  • Keep charging until you hear the DOUBLE BEEP, indicating that the stimulator is fully charged.
  • You can also check the stimulator battery indicator on the remote control to ensure that you have completely recharged your stimulator’s battery.

 

Important: Charging Safety

While charging your device, the charging system will become warm. This is normal. To charge your device safely, just follow these simple tips:

  • DO NOT charge while sleeping as this may result in a burn
  • Always use the charger belt or an adhesive patch to help avoid a burn
  • If you experience pain or discomfort, stop charging and contact Boston Scientific

 

6. Charging Complete

When you are done charging, remove the charging belt and return your charger to the base station.

 

Storing and Handling Your SCS Charging System

Although reliability testing has been performed on your charging system to ensure quality manufacturing and performance, there are some things that can permanently damage its components. To help extend the life of your charger, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Do not expose your charging system to excessively hot or cold conditions as the sensitive electronics in the charger can be damaged by temperature extremes, particularly high heat.
  • Do not leave your charger in your car or outdoors for extended periods of time.
  • If you plan to store your charging system for an extended period, be careful that the storage temperature does not exceed -20–60 °C (-4–140 °F).
  • Handle the system with care and do not drop your charger.
  • Other than for occasional cleaning (see below), avoid getting your charging system wet.

 

Cleaning Your SCS Charging System

You can clean your SCS charging system using alcohol or a mild detergent applied with a cloth or tissue. Be sure to remove any residue from soapy detergents with a cloth lightly dampened with water. Do not use abrasive cleansers for cleaning.

 

Resources and Support

 

We're Here to Help

If you have any questions about your Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) system, give us a call. We’re happy to help.

Phone: (866) 360-4747
Hours: M-F, 5:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pacific

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Not intended as a substitute for the provided Precision™ Charging System Handbook (90657810-01). The contents of the handbook must be fully understood before using your charging system.

Indications for Use: Boston Scientific’s Spinal Cord Stimulator systems (SCS) are indicated as an aid in the management of chronic intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs, including unilateral or bilateral pain associated with failed back surgery syndrome, intractable low back pain and leg pain. Contraindications: The Spinal Cord Stimulator systems are not for patients who are unable to operate the system, have failed trial stimulation by failing to receive effective pain relief, are poor surgical risks, or are pregnant. Patients implanted with the Precision Montage™ MRI or Precision Spectra™ Spinal Cord Stimulator System with ImageReady™ MRI Technology are "MR Conditional" only when exposed to the MRI environment under the specific conditions defined in the ImageReady MRI Full Body Guidelines for Precision Montage MRI Spinal Cord Stimulator System and ImageReady MRI Guidelines for Precision Spectra Spinal Cord Stimulator System Manual (Head Only MRI scans).  The Precision Montage MRI SCS System provides safe access to Full-Body MRI Scans only when used with the Avista MRI Leads and exposed to the MRI environment under the specific conditions defined in the ImageReady MRI Full Body Guidelines for Precision Montage MRI Spinal Cord Stimulator System.  Warnings: Patients implanted with the Precision™ Plus, Precision Spectra, Precision Montage MRI, or Precision Novi™ Spinal Cord Stimulator System without ImageReady MRI Technology should not be exposed to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Exposure to MRI may result in dislodgement of the stimulator or leads, heating of the stimulator, severe damage to the stimulator electronics and an uncomfortable or jolting sensation. As a Spinal Cord Stimulation patient, you should not have diathermy as either a treatment for a medical condition or as part of a surgical procedure. Strong electromagnetic fields, such as power generators or theft detection systems, can potentially turn the stimulator off, or cause uncomfortable jolting stimulation. The system should not be charged while sleeping. The Spinal Cord Stimulator system may interfere with the operation of implanted sensing stimulators such as pacemakers or implanted cardiac defibrillators. Advise your physician that you have a Spinal Cord Stimulator before going through with other implantable device therapies so that medical decisions can be made and appropriate safety measures taken. Patients should not operate motorized vehicles or potentially dangerous machinery with therapeutic stimulation switched “on.” Your doctor may be able to provide additional information on the Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator systems.  For a copy of the Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator Systems Patient Handbook, including the indications for use, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and side effects, call 866.360.4747 or visit ControlYourPain.com. Caution: Federal (U.S.) law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician.

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