Spinal Cord Stimulator

Spinal Cord Stimulator

Discover long-lasting relief through Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) treatment with BEST. A spinal cord stimulator is an FDA-approved, drug-free treatment option that sends electric pulses to the spinal cord to relieve pain.

How does it work? Patients struggling with pain find relief because the electric pulses send signals to the spinal cord, which prevents the nerve impulses from sending pain signals to the brain. If you are experiencing chronic pain connect with our team at BEST Health System and allow us to guide you on your path to recovery.

When is Spinal Cord Stimulation an Option?

The spine is constructed to protect the spinal cord, but it also supports the upper and lower body, allowing for movement and flexibility. This puts the spinal cord and surrounding nerves at risk for compression and other injuries. Although not every spine condition is treatable with a spinal cord stimulator, commonly treated conditions include:

  • Chronic back and leg pain due to age-related conditions
  • Complications related to previous spine surgery, also known as failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS)
  • Arachnoiditis, or painful inflammation of the thin membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord
  • Neuropathy related to diabetes
  • Complex regional pain syndrome is a progressive condition that causes pain in the extremities

Types of Spinal Cord Stimulator Procedures

Spinal cord stimulators can vary, there are three general types:

  • Conventional implantable pulse generator (IPG): A battery is implanted during the procedure. A new surgery will be necessary if the battery runs out. 
  • Rechargeable IPG: This is similar to the conventional IPG, but the battery is rechargeable, resulting in less of a need for surgery. 
  • Radiofrequency stimulator uses a battery located outside of the body: This type of stimulator is rarely used today due to new technology.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Procedure and Recovery

Previous to receiving a spinal cord stimulator procedure, a patient typically undergoes a trial procedure to determine its effectiveness. For the permanent implantation, the electrodes will be replaced with new ones that the surgeon anchors to the body, and the battery pack will be implanted safely under the skin, often near the base of the spine. 

The length of this procedure may vary, but it typically takes one to two hours. The recovery time is minimal, and the incision will generally heal in two to four weeks.

The Cost of Spinal Cord Stimulator Procedures

The cost of spinal cord stimulator procedures may vary depending on the device being used and the carrier. BEST Health System works with Medicare, most private health insurances, workers’ compensation, and personal injury cases. If you are experiencing back pain, reach out to our team at BEST Health System and see what options for treatment are available to you. 

Reach out to BEST Health System.

If you’ve exhausted treatment and chronic pain is reducing your ability to spend time with your family and perform at your job, spinal cord stimulation could be an option. Our world-class surgical team at BEST Health System has decades of experience helping patients find the relief they deserve through spinal cord stimulation and other therapies. 

To learn more, contact our dedicated team today.

Procedure Doctors

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Jeffrey Shall, M.D.

Neuropathy Specialist & Spine and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Advanced Orthopedics & Physical Therapy

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D. Philip Stickney, M.D.

Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon

Brainard ASC

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George J. Kellis M.D.

Orthopaedic, Joint, and Spine Surgeon

Brainard ASC

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Tian Xia, DO

Spinal Cord Stimulator Specialist

Integrated Pain Management

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Ashraf Ragab, MD

Spine & Orthopedic Surgeon

Comprehensive Spine

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Willem Nel, MD

Anesthesiologist

Comprehensive Spine

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Andrew Bloomfield, MD

Interventional Pain Physician

Comprehensive Spine

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Stephen Pyles, MD

Spinal Cord Stimulator Specialist

Santa Fe Surgery

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Ricardo Knight, MD

Spinal Cord Stimulator Specialist

Integrated Pain Management

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Heather Cottini MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Integrated Pain Management

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Finn Higgins, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Integrated Pain Management

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Lyndsey Johnson - NP

Nurse Practitioner

Integrated Pain Management

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Stacia Jones, PA

Physician Assistant

Integrated Pain Management

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Michelle Henry, APRN, DNP

Nurse Practitioner

Pain Treatment Centers

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Meetali Bindra, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Medici Atlanta Spine & Pain

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Oya Yildirim, NP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Medici Atlanta Spine & Pain

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Morgan Mitchell, NP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Medici Atlanta Spine & Pain

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Amanpreet Saini, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Medicine

Advanced Orthopedics & Physical Therapy

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Sadiq Sohani, MD

Spinal Cord Stimulator Specialist, Anesthesiology

Center For Spine & Pain Medicine

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Nitin Chhabra, MD

Pain Management, Anesthesiology

Center For Spine & Pain Medicine

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Maged Hamza, MD

Interventional Pain Management

Center For Spine & Pain Medicine

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Sonny Dosanjh, MD

Pain Management

Medici Atlanta Spine & Pain

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Harvinder Bhatti, MD

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

Medici Atlanta Spine & Pain

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Paul King White, MD, CLCP

Multidisciplinary Pain Specialist

Medici Atlanta Spine & Pain

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