Whether you are considering SCS or are in the process of getting it, here you will find helpful information about the Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) Systems.
The facts below are for you to consider and discuss with your physician. Our hope is that this guidance and information will help you feel informed and prepared at the various steps of your journey in determining if SCS is right for you.
This is an overview of most peoples' journey in getting a Boston Scientific SCS System. Click on each step below to learn more
The next step is a trial, or test drive of a Boston Scientific SCS System for 3 to 7 days.
If the test drive is considered successful, you can discuss with your physician moving forward with getting an SCS system implanted for long-term management of your pain.
Once you have your Boston Scientific SCS System, you'll begin your next chapter of life with Boston Scientific on your side.
For people who now manage their chronic pain with SCS therapy, the first step was a trial, which is a test drive of a Boston Scientific SCS System. This allows you to try out a Boston Scientific System to experience it firsthand, so you and your physician can decide if it is right for you.
The beauty of this test drive is you'll discover if it's right for you before making a long-term commitment. The test drive starts with an outpatient procedure conducted at the physician's office or surgery center and usually takes 1 to 2 hours. Then, over the next 3 to 7 days (may be shorter or longer), you are able to see if the SCS system works for you in managing your pain. If it does, you and your physician can discuss moving forward with getting a Boston Scientific SCS System implanted.
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SCS is covered by most health insurance plans, including Medicare, commercial payers, and most workers' compensation programs. Your clinic or physician will need to get approval first. Insurance providers generally require pre-authorization for SCS. After determining that you are a candidate for SCS, your physician and his/her office staff will provide your insurance company the documentation needed to complete the pre-authorization.
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Have questions about SCS, the process, or the Boston Scientific SCS Systems? We've got you covered. Below are some of the top questions. See the full list of FAQs »
Use these resources to find a Pain Management Specialist, get information materials sent to you, talk to us, or chat with someone who is managing their pain with SCS and has been in your shoes.
The Patient Ambassador Program lets you connect with people who have chronic pain and use a Boston Scientific SCS System to treat it.
Order an in-depth info kit on SCS and our SCS Systems. Simply fill out the form and we will mail the kit to you.
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