SCS therapy can help manage chronic pain — even when other therapies have failed. SCS therapy has helped hundreds of thousands of people and is:
While SCS is leading-edge technology, it's actually not as complicated as it seems. Your nerves and brain are constantly communicating with each other. And when you feel pain, it's because those nerves are sending a pain signal to your brain. That's where SCS therapy comes in — SCS masks the pain signals coming from your lower back or legs from reaching your brain.
SCS is generally considered effective:
Pain signals travel along nerve fibers through the spinal cord to the brain
A small implantable pulse generator (IPG) and tiny medical leads are implanted into the body.
Directed by an external remote control, electrical impulses are generated by the IPG.
These impulses mask pain signals as they travel to the brain — where they're perceived as a gentle, tingling feeling called paresthesia.
With SCS, a small implanted pulse generator (or IPG) and thin wires (known as leads) are placed into the body. To manage your pain, the leads deliver tiny pulses to the nerves that mask pain signals traveling to the brain. Some patients say SCS feels like a gentle tingling or fluttering sensation that replaces the pain. The medical term for this is "paresthesia". But the feeling is different for everyone — and people differ in the amount of pain relief they receive with SCS therapy.
Boston Scientific SCS Systems are designed to tailor stimulation to target your specific pain areas.
Boston Scientific is a leader in the field of SCS — dedicated to helping patients manage pain. The world's first SCS system with 32 contacts and 32 dedicated power sources, the Precision Spectra™ Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) System is designed to provide unprecedented pain coverage, more flexibility, and advanced stimulation control. The Precision Spectra System is engineered to provide more pain relief to a broader spectrum of people with chronic pain.
Boston Scientific SCS Systems are designed to help maintain your therapy over time. Our advanced technology helps adapt the stimulation, which may help maintain the therapy that your physician prescribes.
We invite you to compare Boston Scientific SCS to other SCS systems.
All SCS systems are not the same. See for yourself by comparing the Precision Spectra and Precision Montage against other SCS systems.
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The history of SCS is not a straight timeline — there is actually a split when the technology changed. Early SCS technology was based on pacemaker technology. In the 90's, the cochlear implant was invented, which advanced neurostimulation even further. Compared to pacemakers that had one power source that gave timed broad pulses of stimulation, cochlear implant technology was designed to stimulate individual tiny hearing cells in the ear to restore hearing to people who are deaf. Cochlear implants had dedicated power sources for each contact to allow independent control of stimulation, which is substantially more precise than a pacemaker. This was a breakthrough in technology that created a different type of SCS — a more advanced SCS. And this is the technology Boston Scientific SCS Systems were built from.
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