Pumps and Stimulators

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Pumps and Stimulators

Used in the treatment of many types of pain.

Spinal Cord Stimulator

Intrathecal Pumps

What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) or is an implanted medical device used to treat chronic pain originating from the nervous system. An electric impulse generated by the device near the posterior surface of the spinal cord alters the transmission of pain signals by the spinal nerves. A spinal cord stimulator wire is placed into the epidural space during a minor surgical procedure. A battery is then implanted in the abdomen or buttocks. A wire connects the lead to the battery.

What are the Benefits of Using a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

There are also numerous benefits to using this type of therapy, including:

  • Spinal cord stimulation allows you to be in control of your pain relief – you decide when it is needed
  • Since the system is portable, you should be able to resume all of your usual daily life activities at home and at work
  • You can travel, since your pain relief travels with you (keep in mind that sitting for long periods of time can increase pain)
  • You will be able to participate in most recreational activities such as walking, swimming, and gardening
  • Alleviating some or all of you pain will have a positive effect on your mental outlook, decrease stress, and improve your overall quality of life
Is it Right for You?

While there is no guarantee that spinal cord stimulation will alleviate all of your discomfort, most patients report a 50% – 70% decrease in pain. This decrease can make your pain much more manageable and allow you to return to a more active life.

What is an Intrathecal Pump?

An intrathecal pump releases a continuous infusion of medication into the spinal fluid to treat pain. In the pump, there’s a computer chip that determines the exact dosage and when it’s released into your body. The pump has a lockout interval, meaning it limits how much medication can be delivered during a period of time. There is no opportunity for you to make a mistake and take too much medication.

Are There Any Risks?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks with implanting medical devices. These include possible infection, bleeding, headache, allergic reaction and spinal fluid leakage.

Other types of pain we can treat:

Back Pain & Sciatica

Cancer Pain

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Degenerative Disc Disease

Diabetic Neuropathy

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome


Foot Pain


Herniated & Bulging Disc

Hip Pain

Knee Pain

Muscle Strain

Neck Pain

Nerve Damage or Injury



Phantom Limb & Stump Pain

Rib Pain




Shoulder Pain

Spinal Stenosis

Tennis Elbow

Vertebral Fractures

Wrist & Hand Pain


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