A spinal cord stimulator is a device used to relieve pain from damage to the nervous system by using low-level electrical impulses. Your physician may recommend spinal cord stimulation if you are not able to control your pain using more conservative therapies, including physical therapy, interventional pain management, oral pain medications or intolerance of oral pain medications. The spinal cord stimulation device is implanted under the skin with stimulating electrodes in the epidural space of the spine. The spinal cord stimulator then replaces pain signals with different feelings, such as a gentle massaging feeling or complete absence of the pain. Your physician places a trial device under x-ray guidance in the surgery center. The trial device remains implanted for 3-7 days. At the end of the trial the trial device will be removed and to determine if implanting a permanent device is the right step for you.
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