For people who now manage their chronic pain with SCS therapy, the first step was a trial, which is a test drive of an SCS system. This allows you to try out a temporary system to experience it firsthand, so you and your physician 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 physician's office or surgery center. Then, over the next few 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 an SCS system implanted.
SCS works to interrupt pain impulses before they reach the brain. Some patients say it feels like a gentle fluttering sensation that replaces the pain. But the feeling is different for everyone — and people differ in the amount of pain relief they receive with SCS therapy. The test drive allows you to try out a temporary system and experience Boston Scientific SCS firsthand. The test drive will help you determine the amount of relief you will receive, so you and your doctor can decide if SCS is right for you.
"I came in for the trial, which was a wonderful success. I couldn't believe the instant result for me, personally, right away as soon as they turned it on. It was amazing"
Procedure — Your Pain Management Specialist will place leads into your back. This is performed as an outpatient procedure. This procedure usually takes only 1 to 2 hours.
Up to a week with the trial system — You then go home with your trial system in place, and you'll test drive it over the next 4 to 10 days. In this testing time, and at its conclusion, you and your doctor can decide if SCS therapy effectively manages your pain. If it does, you can move forward with the implanted system. If it doesn't, you simply have the system removed.
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