Updated: Mar 19, 2021
Spinal cord stimulation is an option for patients who have had inadequate relief with other modalities. Spinal cord stimulation involves the placement of electrodes around the spine in a minimally invasive fashion. These send electricity into the spine to reduce pain signals being sent to the brain. Spinal cord stimulation does not involve any medications. This procedure is done in two stages. The first stage is temporary, and the electrodes are only in place for one week. If the first stage provides significant relief, then the second stage is completed where the electrodes are implanted permanently.