Our site uses cookies

Like most sites, our site uses cookies. We thought we would let you know as we are required to do so. If you would like more information please visit our privacy policy page we won't trouble you with this message again


Frequently asked questions

General Guidelines

After your procedure, it’s important to limit some activities as you heal. During the first two weeks, do not:
  • Lift objects of more than 3 kilos.
  • Do rigorous physical activity, like twisting, bending or climbing
  • Raise your arms above your head if you had new leads implanted
  • Pull or jiggle the leads

How long is the surgery and hospital stay?

The procedure is a day case and ordinarily you can go home the same day. We will of course follow you during the trial and post-operative phase to ensure that the device is working.

When can I go back to my usual activity?

Getting an SCS system can be a major turning point in your life, and you may be eager to get back to all of the activities you used to enjoy. Still, it’s important to limit your activity for several weeks after your procedure.

When can I shower?

Once the stitches dissolve and the wound has healed, you can shower. It is important to keep the wound dry and look at any signs of infection.

Will I be totally pain-free with SCS?

People have different amounts of pain relief with SCS therapy. Many people have fewer pain sensations. Your trial procedure will help you find out how much it can help your pain.

Will SCS allow me to stop taking pain medications?

For some people, SCS works well enough that they don’t need pain medication. For others, it can mean taking less pain medication.

Can I control the stimulation therapy?

Yes, the remote control allows you to turn stimulation on and off, increase and decrease the level of stimulation, and target different areas in your body using settings or programs designed specifically for you.

Can I use my SCS system 24 hours a day?

It’s up to you. The systems are designed for 24-hour-a-day use, should you wish. However, there are times when you should not use it. For example, you should not turn on stimulation while driving.

What happens when I go through airport security?

Airports differ in their screening processes. When you go through the security, let them know you have an implanted neurostimulator and they will direct you to appropriate place. You will have an ID card to show that you have an implanted device, and you may be escorted around the security machine

Can I get imaging tests with this system?

You can have commonly used methods such as X-Rays, CT scans, PET scans and ultrasounds. In addition, the newer MRI system compatibility devices provide access to full-body MRI scans, under specified conditions, for people who meet the eligibility requirements.

Will I feel the implant? Can anyone see it?

The implant is small and has a contoured oval shape. This can be positioned i in the most comfortable and convenient location in your body. Some people say that they can feel it if they press on their skin. In most cases, it isn’t visible.

How easy is it to recharge the implant battery?

Recharging the implant battery should be simple. The charger is lightweight, cordless and portable so you can charge on the go. You can use either an adhesive patch or soft cloth belt (included with the charger) to hold the charger in place when you recharge.

Is spinal cord stimulation safe?

Yes, spinal cord stimulation has been proven safe and effective and has been in use for decades. More than 400,000 people worldwide have been successfully treated with SCS therapy.

What is the real benefit of spinal cord stimulation?

Published studies have shown that when used by patients with chronic intractable pain, spinal cord stimulation may offer the following benefits:
Long-term neuropathic pain relief for chronic pain of the back and or legs, or of the extremities.
Improved quality of life
Greater effectiveness than repeat surgery for persistent radicular pain after lumbosacral spine surgery and for those who are unsuitable for spinal surgery.
Successful pain disability reduction
Better cost-efficiency than conventional medical management and reoperation


If you would like to find out more about the procedures discussed on this website please complete the form and somebody will get back to you.