What to Expect

with Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) and Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Whether you are a considering SCS or RFA, are in the process of getting it, here you will find helpful information about Spinal Cord Stimulation systems and Radiofrequency Ablation therapy.

The facts below are for you to consider and discuss with your physician. Our hope is that this guidance and information will help you feel informed and prepared at the various steps of your journey in determining if SCS or RFA is right for you.

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The SCS Journey

This is an overview of most peoples' journey in getting a Boston Scientific SCS system. Click on each step below to learn more.

1. Get Started

Talk to a Pain Management Specialist to see if SCS may be right for you. If it is, you can try it out with a temporary trial system.

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2. Try It Out

The next step is a trial, or test drive of a SCS system for 4 to 10 days.

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3. Get Your Full SCS System

If the test drive is considered successful, you can discuss with your physician moving forward with getting an SCS system implanted for long-term management of your pain.

4. Life With SCS

Get back the little things that chronic pain took away!

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Try Out SCS First

For people who now manage their chronic pain with SCS therapy, the first step was what is called a trial, which is a test drive of an SCS system. This allows you to try out a SCS system first to experience it firsthand, so you and your specialist can decide if it is right for you.

The beauty of this test drive is you'll discover if it's right for you before making a long-term commitment. The test drive starts with an outpatient procedure conducted at the surgery center and usually takes 1 to 2 hours. Then, over the next 4 to 10 days, you are able to see if the SCS system works for you in reducing your pain. If it does, you and your physician can discuss moving forward with getting a SCS system implanted.

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