For people who now manage their chronic pain with SCS therapy, the first step was a trial, which is a test drive of a Precision™ SCS System. This allows you to try out a temporary 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. Then, over the next few days, you are able to see if the SCS system works for you in reducing your pain. If it does, you and your physician can discuss moving forward with getting a Boston Scientific Precision™ SCS System implanted.
SCS works to mask pain impulses before they reach the brain. Some patients say it feels like a gentle fluttering sensation that replaces the pain. But the feeling is different for everyone — and people differ in the amount of pain relief they receive with SCS therapy. The test drive will help you determine the amount of relief you will receive, so you and your physician can decide if SCS is right for you.
"My first reaction was cautious, but after only a few hours, I found myself in a state of disbelief — I could actually function. The hardest part of my test drive was having it turned off."
*Leah is a real patient. Individual results may vary. Patients can experience different levels of pain management and different changes in their activities and use of medications. Consult with your physician to determine if you are a candidate for SCS therapy and what you may gain from the therapy.
Procedure — Your Pain Management Specialist will place temporary leads into your back. This is performed as an outpatient procedure. This procedure usually takes only 1 to 2 hours.
Up to a week with the trial system — You then go home with your trial system in place, and you'll test drive it over the next 3 to 7 days (may be shorter or longer). During this time, and at its conclusion, you and your physician can decide if SCS therapy effectively manages your pain. If it does, you can move forward with the implanted system. If it doesn't, you simply have the system removed.
Unlike the long-term implant, the temporary trial system has an external stimulator device. This is why it's temporary. However, if you and your physician decide to move forward with getting the implanted device, this device is different. The Precision SCS System is intended for long-term therapy and is implanted under the skin. Our implanted device features a contoured, oval shape and is small. There are no internal components that will be visible under the skin. In most cases, unless you tell someone you have it, they'd never know.
People differ in the amount of pain relief they receive with SCS therapy. The test drive may help you determine the amount of relief you will receive.
What defines success?
Talk to your physician about how he or she defines success for you and your situation, but SCS is generally considered effective:
For some patients, SCS therapy works well enough that pain medications may no longer be needed. For others, success with the therapy can mean using less pain medication. Always consult your physician before changing your medication dosage.
Pain Management Specialists are physicians who specialize in treating chronic pain. These physicians receive years of advanced, specialized training in pain management and focus on treating patients with severe pain. Find a Pain Management Specialist »