Spinal Cord Stimulator Electrode Implanted in the Thoracic Spine

 SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR ELECTRODE IMPLANTED IN THE THORACIC SPINE
The electrode is placed in the epidural space adjacent to the spinal cord. The wires are connected to a stimulating generator implanted subcutaneously. The electrode generates a weak electrical current that interrupts the transmission of pain at a spinal cord level.
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is recommended as a treatment option for adults with chronic pain of neuropathic origin. Most frequently: Brachial plexopathy, Post-laminectomy syndrome, Post Chemotherapy Neuropathy, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (types I and II) and HIV polyneuropathy.
SCS should be distinguished from the Spinal Drug Pump that delivers medication into the cerebrospinal fluid
See also:
Spinal Drug Pump
Link to picture:
http://integrativepainmanagement.liveonatt.com/images/spinalcord.jpg
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