Implantables for Pain

The two most common implantable devices are spinal cord stimulators (SCS; also called dorsal column stimulators, neurostimulators, and neuromodulation) and implantable pain pumps (intrathecal pain pump). Spinal cord stimulators operate by using electrical signals to disrupt the transmission of pain messages from different parts of your body to your brain. Pain pumps allow for the administration of pain medication directly to the spinal cord. Below are some resources explaining these devices. Please note: information from several different device manufacturers are presented for eductional purposes. WE DO NOT ENDORSE ONE MANUFACTURER OVER ANOTHER. THIS IS LEFT UP TO YOUR PHYSICIAN.

SCS For Spine Pain:
How Spinal Cord Stimulation Works
Boston Scientific Neuromodulation
Video of an actual SCS procedure being performed
Spinal Cord Stimulation and Managing Pain - NOTE: This physician mentions that the permanent
                                                                                    implant is offered if patients achieve a 70%

                                                                                    reduction in pain during the trial. This threshold
                                                                                    varies from doctor to doctor.

SCS For Migraine and Cranio Facial Pain:

Neurostimulation for Migraines
St. Jude's Neuromodulation Shows Effectiveness Against Migraines
Neuromodulation for Migraines and Facial Pain - Power Point Presentation
Migraine Headaches

Intrathecal Pain Pumps:
How Drug Delivery Therapy (Drug Pump) Works
Pain Pump Trial and Permanent Implantation
Pump Refill Procedure