Spinal Cord Stimulation

Important Facts

Dorsal Column Spinal cord stimulation (DCS) is a device placed under your skin is used to send a mild electric current to your spinal cord. A small wire carries the current from a pulse generator to the nerve fibers of the spinal cord. When turned on, the stimulation feels like a mild tingling in the area where pain is felt. Stimulation does not eliminate the source of pain. Your pain is reduced because the electrical current interrupts the pain signal from reaching your brain. The amount of pain relief varies for each person. Some patients may find the tingling sensation unpleasant. For these reasons a trial stimulation is performed before the device is permanently implanted. Stimulation does not work for everyone. If unsuccessful, the implant can be safely removed.

Dorsal Column Spinal cord stimulation (DCS) is a technique used in the management of certain chronic pain syndromes such as failed-back surgery syndrome (FBSS), complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. It can also be used for refractory angina pectoris and peripheral vascular disease.

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Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a proven long-term and effective therapy for managing chronic pain. SCS disrupts pain signals traveling between the spinal cord and the brain. Learn more about the benefits of SCS, how it works, and what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. 


 Effective pain relief of the extremities, back, and/or legs.  The power to manage your own treatment.  Improved ability to function day-to-day. More effective than repeat surgeries for pain. Multiple studies have provided clinical evidence to suggest some patients treated with SCS may be able to reduce oral opioid consumption.