Spinal Cord Stimulation FAQs
When can I go back to my usual activity?
Getting an SCS system can be a major turning point in your life, and you may be eager to get back to all of the activities you used to enjoy. Still, it’s important to limit your activity for several weeks after your procedure. Always talk to your doctor before doing any activity after having a procedure. For details, please visit the recovery section.
Will I be totally pain-free with SCS?
People have different amounts of pain relief with SCS therapy. Many people have fewer pain sensations. Your trial procedure will help you find out how much it can help your pain.
Will SCS allow me to stop taking pain medications?
For some people, SCS works well enough that they don’t need pain medication. For others, it can mean taking less pain medication. Always talk with your doctor before changing any medications dosages.
Can I control the stimulation therapy?
Yes, the remote control allows you to turn stimulation on and off, increase and decrease the level of stimulation, and target different areas in your body using settings or programs designed specifically for you.
Can I use my SCS system 24 hours a day?
It’s up to you. Our systems are designed for 24-hour-a-day use, should you wish. However, there are times when you should not use it. For example, you should not turn on stimulation while driving or charge it while sleeping. Your physician can go over this with you.
Can one SCS system help me with pain in in more than one part of my body?
Yes, your system is designed to address several areas at the same time. You can use your remote control to adjust the amount of stimulation for each area where you’re having pain.
Can I get imaging tests with this system?
You can have commonly used methods such as X-Rays, CT scans, PET scans and ultrasounds. In addition, the Precision Montage? MRI System provides access to full-body MRI scans, under specified conditions, for people who meet the eligibility requirements. Other SCS systems have varying limitations related to MRI scans. Talk to your doctor to find out which options are best for you.
Will I feel the implant? Can anyone see it?
The implant is small and has a contoured oval shape. Your doctor can position it in the most comfortable and convenient location in your body. Some people say that they can feel it if they press on their skin. In most cases, it isn’t visible.
How easy is it to recharge the implant battery?
Recharging the implant battery should be simple. The charger is lightweight, cordless and portable so you can charge on the go. You can use either an adhesive patch or soft cloth belt (included with the charger) to hold the charger in place when you recharge.
How can I order replacement supplies?
Call us at (866) 360-4747 to order supplies, like a new charger, remote cover, programmer or adhesive patches. Our Patient Care representatives are also happy to help coordinate with your health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or Workers' Compensation plan.
Is spinal cord stimulation safe?
Yes, spinal cord stimulation has been proven safe and effective and has been in use for decades. More than 400,000 people worldwide have been successfully treated with SCS therapy. You should review the risks of SCS with your physician.
How long will my SCS last?
Boston Scientific SCS systems use powerful, rechargeable battery technology that have a five-year warranty.
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