Living with a spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system
Your Boston Scientific SCS System is designed to help you get long-term pain relief in different parts of your body so you can get back to your daily activities and feel like yourself again.
Before you get an SCS system
Your first step is to try an SCS system and see if this type of treatment is right for you.
- Talk to a pain management specialist. If you don’t have one, our Doctor Locator can help you find a specialist in your area
- Test drive a Boston Scientific SCS System in a short three- to seven-day trial
- If the results are successful, talk with your specialist about moving forward with a long-term implant
What is the procedure like?
The procedure, usually one to two hours, involves several steps:
- You’ll undergo light sedation and a local anesthetic will be applied to the incision area
- The leads are placed along your spinal cord
- The leads are connected to the stimulator
- The stimulator is implanted under your skin (usually the buttock area)
- The doctor closes up the incisions and you’ll move to a recovery area where you’ll rest until you’re well enough to go home
- Before you leave, you’ll receive instructions on postoperative care and how to use the remote control to adjust your therapy
When to call your doctor
Your healthcare team will give you specifics about when you should call them. In general, call your doctor if you:
- Experience pain around the implant for more than two weeks
- Notice a lot of redness around the wound areas (your doctor should be aware so he or she can check for infection or, in rare cases, a reaction to the implant)
Using your SCS system*
Many people experience relief right away, but for some it may take some time to learn the most effective settings.
- Take time to read all of the information provided by your doctor
- Get comfortable with learning how to use the remote control for your SCS system
- Talk with your doctor about your settings as they can be personalized to optimize your relief
Becoming active again*
In the first two weeks after your procedure, limit some activities as you heal. Do not:
- Lift objects of more than five pounds
- Do rigorous physical activity such as twisting, bending, or climbing
- Raise your arms above your head if you had new leads implanted
What is life like with the implant?
Boston Scientific Clinical Care Specialist Kira Trexler shares her own experience of what life is like for her after getting the SCS implant.
Boston Scientific pain management solutions offer key advantages backed by solid clinical evidence. In particular, therapy that can be personalized to treat your unique pain may help you find relief other treatments have failed to provide.
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*Please refer to your Instructions for Use.