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Spinal Cord Stimulator SCS

Third tier advanced pain therapy for chronic severe neuropathic pain that has exhausted all other treatments and modalities. The SCS creates an electrical field arround the posterior spinal column and modulates the pain signal perceived by the Central Nervous System (CNS). The nerve pain is converted to a soothing, tingling buzzing sensation.

Spinal Cord Stimulator is used for the following conditions:

  • Failed Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis without operative options
  • Chronic Radiculapathy
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Generalized Peripheral Neuropathy

How does Spinal Cord Stimulation work?

SCS is an electrical modulation of the spinal cord signaling perceived by the Central Nervous System by stimulating the dorsal column fibers. The SCS lead is placed via the epidural space and configured to provide adequate coverage. A trial is done first in order to test the outcome prior to permanent implantation (i.e. a test run).

What to expect from the Trial Run

A screener will be attached to the electrode leads in the epidural space. An electrical impulse will be delivered and configured to cover one's normal pain with a soothing tingling sensation. You will be awake during the trial leads configuration to ensure adequate pain coverage. You will leave the trial with an external battery pack and remote control to continue to monitor pain coverage for 3-5 days.

Implantation of the Spinal Cord Stimulator

  • A trial is deemed successful if the patient reports a 50% reduction in pain, improved function and less opiate use.
  • Cognitive ability and motivation to use this device.
  • Realistic expectations of benefits and limitations.
  • Psychological clearance to rectify any underlying psychiatric impediments (i.e. depression and anxiety).
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  • Interventional Procedure "Dr. Safman is caring and communicates well. The discomfort from the spinal injection is very minor. She makes it an easy procedure." Provider: Kimberly Safman MD
  • Spinal Injections Epidural/Facet "Everything was positive! The assistant who showed me to my room and took my vitals was friendly and knowledgeable. Dr. Charlu and his assistant were professional and kind." Provider: Balaji (Bobby) S Charlu MD
  • Spinal Injections Epidural/Facet "Every one I came in contact with at Dr Safman office was absolutely some of the best medical staff I ever encountered, can't say enough good things about them." Provider: Kimberly Safman MD
  • Spinal Injections Epidural/Facet "Very professional, created a peaceful environment and my pain treatment was effective." Provider: Balaji (Bobby) S Charlu MD
  • Spinal Injections Epidural/Facet "On time and very caring and professional." Provider: Kimberly Safman MD
  • Spinal Injections Epidural/Facet "Everyone is very nice" Provider: Balaji (Bobby) S Charlu MD
  • Spinal Injections Epidural/Facet "He and team really listened." Provider: Balaji (Bobby) S Charlu MD
  • Spinal Injections Epidural/Facet "They seemed to be right on top of everything" Provider: Balaji (Bobby) S Charlu MD
  • Spinal Injections Epidural/Facet "They took the time to explain what was going to happen. Also the follow up." Provider: Kimberly Safman MD
  • Spinal Injections Epidural/Facet "Professional, efficient, willingness to answers questions, great followup after procedure was done." Provider: Kimberly Safman MD
  • Pain Management "I can talk easily with both Dr. Safman and Naomi. They seem very caring." Provider: Kimberly Safman MD
  • Spinal Injections Epidural/Facet "Got back to me quickly with answers to my questions" Provider: Kimberly Safman MD
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