Marcello Sammarone, M.D.
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Spinal cord stimulators are commonly used for patients with chronic back pain and works by blocking pain perceptions that travel up through the spinal cord to the brain. A spinal cord stimulator is placed close to the spinal cord in the epidural space, which delivers electrical pulses. These electrical pulses are what interferes with the pain perception.
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Just as any other minimally invasive procedure, complications may arise, though there are very low risks involving spinal cord stimulators. A common side effect includes drainage or redness at the site of the procedure. Other rare side effects include bleeding, inadequate pain at the surface area, electrode failure, and scar tissue deposition.