Spinal cord simulator trials (SCS) will be offered at St. Elizabeth’s for patients meeting appropriate health qualifications.
SCS is a technology that helps to manage chronic pain when the cause cannot be repaired. Patients suffering from neuropathy, pain not relieved after back surgery, failed injection procedures and many other pain-related issues could benefit from SCS.
The stimulation device consists of a wire, or "electrode," connected to a control unit and disrupts the nerve signals so they do not reach the brain. One or two wires are placed outside the spinal cord and a unit outside of the body controls a mild electrical pulse that usually is not felt. The external component is kept in place for a period of time so the patient can assess how well the stimulation is decreasing their pain.
The pulses mask the pain signal and can be adjusted to get the greatest improvement and relief from the pain.
A physician's referral is required for SCS and other treatments at St. Elizabeth’s Interventional Pain Management Center. For more information on this new technology or other available services, call 618-234-2120, ext. 32847.