Lumbar Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) Surgery

Understanding Lumbar Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) Surgery

Lumbar Spinal Cord Stimulator Surgery involves the implantation of a small device near the spinal cord to deliver electrical impulses. These impulses disrupt pain signals, providing relief for individuals suffering from chronic lower back pain that has not responded to other treatments. Lumbar SCS Surgery is commonly recommended for chronic lower back pain conditions, including:

  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Radiculopathy

Trial Period: Before permanent implantation, patients undergo a trial period with temporary leads to assess the effectiveness of the spinal cord stimulation in managing their pain.

Lead Placement: During the permanent implantation, leads are carefully placed along the spinal cord, and the IPG is implanted in a subcutaneous pocket.

Programming Session: After the surgery, the device is programmed to provide the most effective pain relief for the patient.

Adjustments and Follow-ups: The device can be adjusted during follow-up appointments to ensure ongoing optimal pain management.


Lumbar Spinal Cord Stimulator Recovery

Recovery after lumbar spinal cord stimulator surgery is a crucial phase in achieving optimal pain relief. In this section, we provide valuable insights into what to expect during the recovery period. 

Recovery Timeline

Immediate Postoperative Period (Days 1-2): Focus on rest and pain management. Attend follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process.

First Week: Gradually increase mobility with short walks. Begin programming sessions to fine-tune the stimulation settings for optimal pain relief.

2-6 Weeks: Continue to follow your surgeon’s guidance on physical activity. Attend scheduled programming sessions for any necessary adjustments.

6 Weeks Onward: With your surgeon’s approval, gradually resume normal daily activities while being cautious about engaging in strenuous exercises.


Common Concerns

Battery Life Management: Be mindful of the battery life of the implanted pulse generator (IPG). Regular check-ups will monitor battery status and address any concerns.

Programming Adjustments: Attend programming sessions as scheduled to fine-tune the stimulation settings based on your pain profile and evolving needs.

Incision Site Care: Practice proper care for the incision sites, keeping them clean and dry to minimize the risk of infection.

Long-Term Health

Stay Connected with Your Medical Team: Maintain regular follow-ups with your pain management specialist to ensure ongoing support and address any concerns.

Optimize Device Settings: As your pain profile may change over time, work closely with your medical team to optimize the device settings for sustained pain relief.

Active Lifestyle: Engage in low-impact exercises recommended by your medical team to support overall well-being.

Remember, each patient’s recovery experience is unique, and adherence to your healthcare provider’s guidance is essential.


Begin Your Journey to Recovery Today

Trust the expert surgeons of Metropolitan Neurosurgery Brain & Spine as you navigate surgery and the recovery phase of Lumbar Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) Surgery. Contact us today to take charge and embrace a healthier, pain-free future.
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