As a part of our treatments, you utilize some of the leading medical technologies worldwide. The Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator is just one of these transformative devices TPC incorporates into our branded treatment. In this blog, we’ll look at this top-tier SCS and answer the following questions:
- What is the Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator?
- What are the side effects of the Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator?
- How much does a Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator cost?
- What are the permanent restrictions with a spinal cord stimulator?
- How does TPC utilize the Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator?
What is the Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator?
The Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator is a treatment tool for chronic pain patients. Those who haven’t seen results from traditional treatments would be considered good candidates for this treatment.
SCS works by cutting off pain signals before they can reach the brain. This is done by implanting a small device into the body that generates mild electrical currents that interfere with pain signals. The Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator has a remote control that enables patients to turn the device on and off or change the stimulation level in different body areas.
What are the Side Effects of the Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator?
The most common side effects reported by patients of SCS include weakness, clumsiness, numbness, and pain below the implantation. Following the procedures, patients may also experience pain in the chest area for several weeks due to nerve roots being stimulated.
How Much Does a Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator Cost?
A Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator costs around $19,000 for newer models. Hospitals typically pay $13,000 for older models, although more and more hospitals prefer newer ones. Spinal cord stimulators, in general, will cost $15,000 to $50,000 out of pocket, depending on the provider and model. According to a study funded by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, the total medical costs of implanting an SCS system range from $19,246 to $47,190 per patient.
What are the Permanent Restrictions with a Spinal Cord Stimulator?
Along with the pain relief SCS devices offer, patients are recommended to limit moderate to strenuous physical activity such as exercises, twisting, stretching, and reaching overhead. The main reason is the risk of the implantation shifting from its placement and becoming ineffective. Patients are encouraged to participate in walking and light exercises to build back physical strength as the body heals.
How Does TPC Utilize the Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator?
The Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator is used in TPC’s Spinal Cord Stimulation treatment: The TPC Spine Stim. Our TPC Spine Stim is a minimally invasive spine solution for conditions related to chronic refractory pain that have failed conservative therapies, including migraine and tension headaches, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and central pain syndrome. It’s designed for patients who have not responded to alternative treatments in the past six months.
The TPC Spine Stim works by implanting a nerve stimulation device into the spine, which delivers low-voltage electrical currents to targeted areas, reducing the pain signals responsible for chronic pain. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is the underlying principle of this neuromodulation therapy. An implanted pulse generator creates electrical signals that effectively modulate pain perception.