SCS for Chronic Back Pain

Control Your Pain Spinal Cord Stimulation Provides Personalized Therapy and Proven Results

Chronic pain can affect you in profoundly personal ways. Some of the most common ways include:

Strained relationships

Work limitations

Abandoned hobbies

Dependence on opioids

If you are looking for a long-term way to control your pain, consider a drug-free pain management therapy called Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS).

How SCS Works

You feel pain when nerves send pain signals through your spinal cord to your brain. SCS is designed to interrupt these signals so you don’t perceive pain.


A small device called a stimulator is implanted under the skin.


Thin, flexible wires are connected to the stimulator and placed near specific nerves along the spinal cord.


The stimulator sends mild pulses through the wires to the nerves..


The pulses interrupt the pain signals before they reach the brain.


What SCS Therapy Feels Like

Some SCS systems replace the feeling of pain with a soothing sensation called paresthesia.

Other SCS systems use a paresthesia-free type of stimulation you can’t feel.

Boston Scientific gives you both options in a single device.1 Clinical research shows that patients who have this choice achieve better overall pain relief.2

Boston Scientific SCS Systems: Personalized Therapy

Your pain is unique, so your therapy should be too. That’s why Boston Scientific’s SCS Systems provide therapy that can be customized for your specific pain. With multiple therapies in one device, Boston Scientific's SCS systems allow you to switch back and forth between a wide range of sensations. If you have pain in more than one part of your body, Boston Scientific’s SCS systems can deliver different types of stimulation to different areas at the same time.


Boston Scientific SCS Systems: Proven Results

  • Tens of thousands of patients rely on SCS systems for long-term pain relief.
  • More than 90% of Boston Scientific SCS patients reported experiencing a successful trial and chose to have the permanent implant.3
  • In a clinical study, more than 96% of Boston Scientific SCS patients said they were satisfied with their therapy and that they would recommend it to others with chronic pain.3
  • In a major clinical study, back pain patients with a Boston Scientific SCS system reported a nearly 6-point drop in pain score, even after 2 years.4
Bar graph showing significant long-term relief after SCS surgery. Pain scores were reduced from 8.6 to 2.98 after two years.

Get back the things pain has taken away. Control your pain with a Boston Scientific SCS system.

1 Paresthesia-free stimulation has been demonstrated to be safe and effective in patients who have been treated successfully with conventional, paresthesia-inducing stimulation for at least six months.

2 North, James MD. WHISPER: A Multicenter, Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating Subperception SCS at ≤ 1.2 kHz. Presentation at North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), Las Vegas, NV, January 11-14, 2018.

3 Thomson, S.J., Kruglov, D. and Duarte, R.V. (2017) A Spinal Cord Stimulation Service Review From a Single Centre Using a Single Manufacturer Over a 7.5 Year Follow-Up Period. Technology at the Neutral Interface, 20: 589-599. doi:10.111/ner.12587

4 Elias Veizi, MD, PhD, et al. “Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) with Anatomically Guided (3D) Neural Targeting Shows Superior Chronic Axial Low Back Pain Relief Compared to Traditional SCS --LUMINA Study.” Pain Medicine 2017; 0: 1-15

Indications for Use. The Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator Systems are indicated as an aid in the management of chronic intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs including unilateral or bilateral pain associated with the following: failed back surgery syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Types I and II, intractable low back pain and leg pain. Associated conditions and etiologies may be: radicular pain syndrome, radiculopathies resulting in pain secondary to failed back syndrome or herniated disc, epidural fibrosis, degenerative disc disease (herniated disc pain refractory to conservative and surgical interventions), arachnoiditis, multiple back surgeries.

Contraindications. The Spinal Cord Stimulator systems are not for patients who are unable to operate the system, have failed trial stimulation by failing to receive effective pain relief, are poor surgical risks, or are pregnant.

Patients implanted with the Precision Montage™ MRI, Precision Spectra™, or Spectra WaveWriter™ Spinal Cord Stimulator System with ImageReady™ MRI Technology are "MR Conditional" only when exposed to the MRI environment under the specific conditions defined in the ImageReady MRI Full Body Guidelines for Precision Montage MRI Spinal Cord Stimulator System and ImageReady MRI Guidelines for Precision Spectra or Spectra WaveWriter Spinal Cord Stimulator System Manuals (Head Only MRI scans). The Precision Montage MRI SCS System provides safe access to Full-Body MRI Scans only when used with the Avista MRI Leads and exposed to the MRI environment under the specific conditions defined in the ImageReady MRI Full Body Guidelines for Precision Montage MRI Spinal Cord Stimulator System.

Warnings. Patients implanted with Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator Systems without ImageReady MRI Technology should not be exposed to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Exposure to MRI may result in dislodgement of the stimulator or leads, heating of the stimulator, severe damage to the stimulator electronics and an uncomfortable or jolting sensation. As a Spinal Cord Stimulation patient, you should not have diathermy as either a treatment for a medical condition or as part of a surgical procedure. Strong electromagnetic fields, such as power generators or theft detection systems, can potentially turn the stimulator off, or cause uncomfortable jolting stimulation. The system should not be charged while sleeping. The Spinal Cord Stimulator system may interfere with the operation of implanted sensing stimulators such as pacemakers or implanted cardiac defibrillators. Advise your physician that you have a Spinal Cord Stimulator before going through with other implantable device therapies so that medical decisions can be made and appropriate safety measures taken. Patients should not operate motorized vehicles or potentially dangerous machinery with therapeutic stimulation switched “on.” Your doctor may be able to provide additional information on the Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator systems. For complete indications for use, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and side effects, call 866.360.4747 or visit

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