Is spinal cord stimulation safe?
Yes. Spinal cord stimulation has been proven safe and effective and has been in use for more than 40 years.1, 2 Thousands of people all over the world have used SCS therapy to help control their pain.3 The Precision Plus SCS System is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for adults with chronic intractable pain of the trunk (low back) and/or limbs (legs).
Will SCS allow me to be free of pain medications?
Every person differs in how SCS fits into his or her overall pain treatment plan. For some patients, SCS works so well that they are able to go off pain medications. For others, it can mean a reduction in the amount of pain medication. Always consult your doctor before changing your pain medication dosage.
Will my insurance cover my Precision PlusTM System?
Many health plans and insurance companies will cover most of the cost of pain therapy. Your clinic or doctor will need to get approval. The process is called preauthorization, and we can assist with this. Our Customer Service Team can help you understand what your insurance company does and does not cover. Our Insurance Reimbursement Department will work closely with you and your clinic to assist you in getting coverage from your health insurance.
Can one spinal cord stimulation system help me with pain in multiple areas?
The Precision Plus System is designed to cover several pain areas at the same time. You can use your Remote Control to adjust the amount of stimulation for each pain area.
Do I use my SCS system 24 hours a day?
It's up to you when to use the stimulation and how much to use. The Precision Plus SCS System and unique rechargeable battery technology are designed so that you can keep it on 24 hours a day, should you wish. However, you should always consult your doctor first.
When can I resume my usual activity?
For several weeks after the implantation procedure you will be asked to restrict your physical activity. Once that period is over, the Precision Plus System is designed to help you lead a healthy and active lifestyle. However, you should always consult your doctor before resuming activity after surgery or before engaging in physical activities. For more information on the approved use, risks and benefits of the Precision SCS System, click here.
Can I actually control the stimulation therapy?
Yes, to control the stimulation therapy you will use a Remote Control. This will allow you to turn stimulation on and off, increase and decrease the level of stimulation and target different pain areas using programs that are customized for use in different situations.
How long will my spinal cord stimulator last?
The Precision Plus System uses powerful Zero-VoltTM rechargeable battery technology, which carries a five-year warranty. There is no automatic shut-off.
How often will I need to recharge the Implant Battery?
You decide on a recharging schedule that best fits your needs. Most people choose to charge based on a routine that fits their lifestyle, like during their favorite weekly TV show. Your Remote Control will also tell you when your Implant Battery is low and needs recharging.
How convenient is it to recharge the Implant Battery?
Recharging the Implant Battery is designed to be convenient and simple. The Charger is lightweight and portable (cordless), so you can charge on the go. You just need to place the Charger on top of your Implant site using an Adhesive Patch or the provided belt.
Will the battery be damaged if it is allowed to run down?
No. Unlike other rechargeable batteries, the Precision Plus battery is designed to prevent damage and to resume normal function once charged.
Will I feel the implant? Is it bulky or uncomfortable?
Small and light weight, the Precision® Implantable Pulse Generator features a contoured, oval shape. Its small size makes it easier for your doctor to position it in the most comfortable and convenient location for you. Depending on your body shape and size and the implant location, you may see or feel the outline of the implant under your skin.
What are the risks?
For more information on the approved use, risks and benefits of the Precision SCS System, click here. You should review the risks of SCS with your physician.