Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about Spinal Cord Stimulation? We've got you covered. Below are some of the top questions.
Is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) safe?
Yes. SCS therapy has been proven safe and effective. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have been treated with SCS. SCS Systems are FDA-approved.
Q: Can one SCS system help me manage pain in more than one area?
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.
Q: Will I be totally pain-free with Spinal Cord Stimulation?
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%.
Q: Will SCS allow me to be free of pain medications?
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.
Q: Will it be visible under my skin?
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.
Q: Will my insurance cover SCS?
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 necessary documentation needed to complete the pre-authorization.
Your physician's office and your health insurance provider/program are the best resources for coverage questions and can provide you specific detail regarding your coverage benefits and out-of-pocket cost for SCS.
Q: Can I actually control the SCS therapy?
Yes. Our SCS System's wireless remote control lets you turn stimulation on and off, increase and decrease the level of stimulation, and target different pain areas using settings or programs customized by your physician specifically for you.
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Source: Boston Scientific