Spinal cord stimulation (also called SCS) uses electrical impulses to relieve chronic pain of the back, arms and legs. It is believed that electrical pulses prevent pain signals from being received by the brain. SCS candidates include people who suffer from neuropathic pain and for whom conservative treatments have failed.
In this procedure, one or more electrodes are implanted deep into the brain to correct abnormal brain activity. DBS can be used to control tremors, balance problems and involuntary movements. It is performed under a combination of local and general anesthesia and requires a short hospital stay.