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2 Surgeries, a Spinal Cord Stimulator and the $500,000 Difference

By: Jason Marcewicz  |  Content and Communications Specialist | Advanced Medical Strategies

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a pain-relief technique that continuously delivers a low-voltage electrical current to the spinal cord to block the sensation of pain. SCS is the most commonly used implantable neurostimulation technology for management of pain syndromes. As many as 50,000 neurostimulators are implanted worldwide every year. [1]  Proven as an effective treatment option for many chronic pain sufferers, SCS is most often used to treat neuropathic pain, including diabetic neuropathy,  radiculopathies, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Pain is reduced by electrical pulses that modify and mask the pain signal from reaching the brain. Stimulation does not eliminate the source of pain, it simply interferes with the signal to the brain.



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