Get back the little things that pain has taken away

Gardening

What to Expectwith Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)

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.

The SCS Journey

This is an overview of most peoples' journey in getting a Boston Scientific SCS System. Click on each step below to learn more

1

Get Started

Talk to a specialist about SCS

Talk to a Pain Management Specialist to see if SCS may be right for you. If it is, you can try it out with a temporary trial system.

Find a Pain Management Specialist »

See if SCS may be right for you »

2

Try it Out

Try out the Precision Family of SCS Systems

The next step is a trial, or test drive of a Boston Scientific SCS System for 3 to 7 days.

Learn about the test drive »

3

Get Precision

Discuss long term SCS treatment

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.

Download the brochure »

4

Life With SCS

Experience the benefits of a Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant

Once you have your Boston Scientific SCS System, you'll begin your next chapter of life with Boston Scientific on your side.

Videos, support, & resources for those on SCS therapy »

Jump

Try Out Boston Scientific SCS First

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.
Learn more »

Try out Boston Scientific’s precision spinal cord stimulator implant

Jump

Insurance Coverage

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.
Coverage details »

Jump

Frequently Asked Questions

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 »

  • Yes. SCS therapy has been proven safe and effective. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have been treated with SCS. Boston Scientific SCS Systems are FDA-approved.
  • Our SCS Systems are designed to cover several pain areas at the same time if needed. You can use your wireless remote control to adjust the amount of stimulation for each pain area.
  • People differ in the amount of pain relief they receive with SCS therapy. The trial, or test drive, may help you determine the amount of relief you will receive. SCS is generally considered effective if your pain is reduced by at least 50%.
  • Every person differs in how effective SCS therapy is for them. For some patients, SCS therapy may work well enough that pain medications are no longer needed. For others, success with the therapy can mean using less pain medication.
  • No. You will not be able to see your device under your skin. Unless you tell someone you have it, they'd never know. Our SCS Systems feature contoured, oval shapes and are small.
  • SCS patients have many imaging options. Commonly used methods such as X-Rays, CT Scans, PET Scans and Ultrasounds can image many different parts of the body, including soft tissue. In addition, the Precision Montage™ MRI System provides access to full-body MRI scans, under specified conditions, for patients who meet the eligibility requirements. SCS systems have varying limitations and conditions related to MRI scans. Talk to your doctor to find out which option is right for you. Learn about imaging options »

Get Info or Talk to Someone

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.

Find a Pain Management Specialist

Search

Contact a Patient Ambassador

The Patient Ambassador Program lets you connect with people who have chronic pain and use a Boston Scientific SCS System to treat it.

More info

Free DVD & Brochure

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.

Order form Download

 

Patient Care

866.360.4747

Race Against Pain

Learn about the experiences of others with chronic pain. Share your own stories. Join in a chat. Make new friends. Go»

RaceAgainstPain.com