Southwest Florida Neurosurgical Associates


Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a type of neurostimulation therapy proven to be effective for many chronic pain sufferers. Recommended by doctors for over 40 years to manage chronic pain in the back, arms, and legs, SCS helps mask pain by blocking or changing pain signals before they reach the brain.

If you have been living with chronic pain and your current pain relief therapies are nor working, ask Dr. James Weiner if SCS therapy may be an option for you.

Is SCS therapy right for you?

Spinal cord stimulation may be an option if you have:

  • Chronic pain in your back, arms, or legs that has lasted at least six months
  • Beuripathis pain (pain marked by burning, tingling, or numbness)
  • Little to no relief from surgery, pain medications, nerve blocks or physical therapy

System components

  • An SCS therapy system is made up of parts that are designed to work together to help you manage your pain:
  • The generator produces the pulse that manages your pain. It is a small device, usually implanted in the abdomen or buttock area, which is connected to the leads.
  • The leads are thin wires that deliver pulses from the generator to nerves along the spinal cord. Leads are placed in an area along the spinal column called the epidural space.
  • The controller is a handheld device similar to a remote control that lets you adjust the therapy.
SCS therapy is not right for everyone. Only Dr. James Weiner (pain specialist) can determine if SCS may work for you. SCS is not advised if you are unable to operate the system or do not receive effective pain relief during the temporary evaluation. Talk to Dr. Weiner about complications related to the procedure and/ or device, which include infection, swelling, bruising, undesirable changes in stimulation and loss of strength or use in an affected limb or muscle group.
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