Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS):
Relief tailored for your pain

Boston Scientific’s proven SCS therapy can be personalized to deliver the lasting relief you need — where and when you need it.

Our Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is:

  • Safe
  • Drug-free
  • FDA-approved
  • Clinically proven to provide long-term relief from chronic pain

How does SCS work?

You feel pain when nerves send pain signals through your spinal cord to your brain.

SCS is designed to interrupt these signals so you don’t perceive them as pain.


A small device called a spinal cord stimulator is implanted under the skin. 

Thin, flexible “leads” are connected to the stimulator and placed near specific nerves along the spinal cord. 

The stimulator sends mild pulses through the leads to the nerves. 

The pulses interrupt the pain signal on the way to the brain.

See how SCS works

Watch our animated SCS guide.

WaveWriter Alpha™ 

Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) System

The right therapy, right where you need it

Choose tingling or non-tingling stimulation, or a combination of both.

Personalized therapy gives you greater relief.

There are different kinds of SCS therapies. 

Some therapies replace your pain with a tingling sensation. Others use a type of stimulation you don't feel at all.

With Boston Scientific, you can choose the therapy that works best for you --or use both at the same time.

The ability to deliver multiple therapies simultaneously* is unique to Boston Scientific SCS Systems and has been clinically proven to provide greater pain relief.1

In a major clinical study, patients using Boston Scientific's SCS therapies reported a greater improvement in their ability to do everyday activities than patients in other studies using non-Boston Scientific SCS Systems.2,3,4

Pain isn’t static. It can change over time, and so can our SCS therapy. The WaveWriter Alpha SCS System uses technology that enables it to cover a wide area of the spine. This makes it easier to find your unique pain relief “target”—and to maintain therapy in the right spot if the target moves over time.

With four WaveWriter Alpha stimulators to chose from, your doctor will help you decide which one best suits your lifestyle needs.

The Right Option Now, And for the Future

The WaveWriter Alpha SCS System is available with either a rechargeable or non-rechargeable stimulator. Your doctor will help you decide which is right for your personal needs. Both options provide the same therapy choices, and both allow for full-body MRI, so you won't need to compromise your therapy preferences or future imaging options.

Significant Long-Term Relief

In another major clinical study, back pain patients reported a nearly 6-point drop in pain score, even after two years.5

Worldwide Success

Tens of thousands of people across the globe look to Boston Scientific SCS therapy for long-term, drug-free, FDA-approved pain relief.

Successful Trials

More than 90% of Boston Scientific SCS trial participants reported a successful experience and opted to get the permanent implant.6

Patient Satisfaction

9 out of 10 Boston Scientific SCS patients said they were satisfied with their therapy and 95% would recommend it to others.6

Try your relief first

Before committing to SCS, find out if it will work for you by taking it for a “test drive” with a temporary trial system.

Real success stories

Talk to a real patient living with SCS therapy

Connect with real people living with pain and hear about their experience finding lasting relief by using a Boston Scientific solution.

Top 5 questions about SCS

Hear answers to the questions we get asked most often about SCS.

Learn about SCS with the mySCS™ app

Designed to help patients during their SCS trial, this free app also includes informative articles and resources on SCS for wherever you are on your journey.

Wondering if SCS may be right for you?

Take this quick quiz and find out. ⟶