The following medical therapies or procedures may injure you, turn stimulation off or cause permanent damage to the stimulator, particularly if used near the device. Learn about these procedures below and be sure to tell your doctors that you have an SCS system so they can take the necessary precautions.
Procedures that May Affect Your SCS System
As an SCS patient, you should not have any form of diathermy either as treatment for a medical condition or as part of a surgical procedure. The high energy and heat generated by diathermy can be transferred through your stimulator system, causing tissue damage at the lead site and, possibly, severe injury or death. The stimulator, whether it is turned on or off, may be damaged.
Your SCS system may interfere with the operation of implanted sensing stimulators, such as pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs). Be sure your physicians are aware of your Spinal Cord Stimulator before going forward with other implantable device therapies so that medical decisions can be made and appropriate safety measures taken.
Lithotripsy uses high-output sound or shock waves to treat gall stones and kidney stones.
This procedure uses a heated electric probe to stop bleeding during surgery.
Typically used in medical emergencies, this procedure uses external equipment to deliver an electrical shock to your heart to restore your heart rate to a normal rhythm.
Commonly used to treat cancer, radiation therapy uses ionizing energy that may affect your SCS system. Any damage to the device by radiation may not be immediately detectable.
Ultrasonic scanning uses very high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal organs or tissue for diagnostic purposes.
High-frequency sound waves which may be applied as physical therapy to treat certain bone/muscle injuries, for muscle stimulation or to improve blood flow.
X-Ray and CT Scans
These diagnostic tests may damage the stimulator if stimulation is on, but are unlikely to damage the device if stimulation is turned off.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
This is a diagnostic test that uses a strong electromagnetic field to produce images of the human body. SCS systems have varying limitations and conditions related to MRI scans.
MRI Conditional SCS Systems
Precision Spectra™ Spinal Cord Stimulator System
This MRI conditional system allows for MRI scans of the head for patients who meet the eligibility requirements and are exposed to the MRI environment under the specific conditions defined in the ImageReady™ MRI Guidelines for Precision Spectra™ Spinal Cord Stimulator System.
Precision Montage™ MRI Spinal Cord Stimulator System
This MRI conditional system provides safe access to full-body MRI scans when used with specific components and exposed to the MRI environment under the defined conditions in the ImageReady MRI Full Body Guidelines for Precision Montage MRI Spinal Cord Stimulator System.
MRI Unsafe SCS Systems
Precision™ Plus Spinal Cord Stimulator System
Patients implanted with the Precision Plus Spinal Cord Stimulator System should not have an MRI as it may result in dislodgement of implanted components, heating of the neurostimulator, damage to the device electronics and/or voltage induction through the leads and stimulator causing an uncomfortable or "jolting" sensation.
Precision Novi™ Spinal Cord Stimulator System
Patients implanted with the Precision Novi Spinal Cord Stimulator System should not have an MRI as it may result in tissue damage, dislodgement of implanted components, heating of the Stimulator, damage to the Stimulator electronics and/or voltage induction through the leads and stimulator causing an uncomfortable or "jolting" sensation.
Talk to Your Doctor
Before having any medical procedures, therapies or diagnostics, be sure to tell your healthcare team that you have an SCS system and have them call our patient support team at (866) 360-4747 for proper instructions.
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