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FAQS on Spinal Cord Stimulation

FAQS on Spinal Cord Stimulation

FAQS on Spinal Cord StimulationsQ: WILL SPINAL CORD STIMULATION (SCS) ALLOW ME TO BE FREE OF PAIN MEDICATIONS?

Every person differs in how effective SCS therapy is for them. For some patients, SCS therapy may work well enough that pain medications are no longer needed. For others, success with the therapy can mean using less pain medication. With new laws regulating the amount of pain medication patient’s can now be prescribed, spinal cord stimulation is the preferred treatment of choice for numerous pain conditions.

Q: WILL MY INSURANCE COVER SCS?

SCS is covered by most health insurance plans, including Medicare, commercial payers, workers’ compensation programs/personal injury, and other private insurance carriers. Insurance providers generally require preauthorization for SCS. After determining that you are a candidate for SCS, our physicians and office staff will provide your insurance company the necessary
documentation needed to complete the pre-authorization.

Q: WHAT IF I DON’T FEEL LIKE MY STIMULATOR IS HELPING MY PAIN?

Neurostimulation is one of my favored treatment modalities because it is patient’s centered. It is one of the few instances in the world of interventional medicine that a patient gets to “try it before they buy it.” This is because neurostimulation often is broken up into steps: a trial and, if successful, a permanent implant.

The trial is a relatively minor procedure that can be performed in an office setting or at a surgery center. It involves little more than placing an epidural needle, inserting the trial leads through the needle and guiding them to the proper location. Each lead is approximately the diameter of a string of cooked spaghetti.

Q: HOW WILL I KNOW WHICH STIMULATOR IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Here at Louisiana Pain Specialists, we offer multiple types of stimulators. Ultimately the decision resides with a thorough discussion between the patient and the physician. Every stimulator has a focused mechanism of action and lining up the strengths of the device to a patient’s pain generator will lead to a successful outcome. The following pages overview some of the therapy options we offer our patients.

At Louisiana Pain Specialists, we serve the Metro New Orleans area at five different locations: in Kenner at 231 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite B; in Metairie at 3434 Houma Boulevard, Suite 301; in New Orleans at 3439 Prytania Street, Suite 501; in New Orleans East at 5621 Read Boulevard; and in Marrero at 4520 Wichers Drive, Suite 205. We accept all insurance plans, our insurance specialist will confirm your coverage prior to attending your appointment. To make an appointment to learn how our physicians can alleviate your chronic pain, call (504) 267-1185. An appointment is required at all 5 locations, so join us at a location near you!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.