Spinal Cord Stimulator Implants: The ‘Pacemaker for Pain’

Some types of chronic back pain and nerve pain are difficult to treat with conventional methods. For patients who have chronic pain due to post laminectomy syndrome or sciatica (lumbar radiculopathy), Center for Pain Management often recommends a spinal cord stimulator implant (SCS).

The SCS consists of wires (called “leads”) that are inserted into the space around the spinal column and attach to a small implanted battery. The battery generates electrical pulses that travel along the leads and create a tingling sensation that replaces or minimizes pain signals.  

About Spinal Cord Stimulator Implants

The initial SCS procedure takes about an hour. Patients receive temporary leads and an external battery – if after one week, they feel the SCS is effective at relieving their pain, they return to our office for implantation of permanent leads and the internal battery, which is about the size of a playing card. Patients receive an external wireless controller that lets them adjust the intensity and timing of electrical pulses and access pre-programmed settings.  


Recovery Time After Spinal Cord Stimulator Implants

Following this outpatient procedure, patients may experience mild discomfort and swelling at the incision site for a few days.

An Effective Alternative to Back Surgery

Back surgery that involves removing or restructuring any part of the spine is risky and often ineffective, and the recovery period may be several months. A spinal cord stimulator implant is a less invasive means of alleviating back and nerve pain, and it allows patients to customize their pain management.

If traditional methods have failed to alleviate your chronic pain, please contact Center for Pain Management to schedule a consultation: (317) 706-7246.

Updates + Announcements

Press Release – American Pain Consortium Holdings

Center for Pain Management’s parent organization – American Pain Consortium Holdings – has acquired a surgery center in Columbus, Ohio, and will provide management services to its affiliated pain management practice. Read more about the acquisition in the attached press…
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North Meridian Office CLOSED, April 8, 2019

Patients, Our 8805 N. Meridian St. location is closed today, April 8, due to a water main break.  If you have questions please call 317-706-7246 tomorrow (April 9) during normal business hours. Thank you, Center for  Pain Management

New Research Shows Long Term Results from Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Implants

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