Typically, the spinal cord stimulator is implanted into your back. The first step is to do a trial process, where we insert only 1 or 2 thin, soft leads into the epidural space along the spine. After we have placed the leads into position, we connect them to an external generator. This takes approximately 30-45 minutes. The stimulator will create small pulses designed to generate a more pleasing feeling than the pain you would usually feel in that area when moving around normally.
During the trial period, you will have control over the strength of the stimulation and the ability to turn it off. The trial period lasts for about 3-5 days, which gives you time to see how effective the device is for you and how well it relieves your pain. If the device decreases your pain and you feel comfortable with it, you can decide to move forward with the procedure to install the device permanently.