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Getting a System

Finding an Effective Pain Management Option

Finding a way to sufficiently manage your chronic pain can be a major step toward feeling better. Neurostimulation is a medical therapy proven to be effective for many chronic pain sufferers.1 

If your doctor decides neurostimulation may be right for you, you will begin the two-step process of getting a system. The process involves first trying a temporary system to evaluate if neurostimulation may work for you. If the evaluation is successful, you will move on to the second step: having a system implanted.

Trying a temporary system

You and your doctor will decide if neurostimulation is right for you. Before you receive an implanted system, you will try a temporary system during an evaluation period.

Learn more about trying a temporary system.

Receiving an implanted system

If you will be undergoing a procedure to receive a neurostimulation system, you may feel more comfortable if you know what to expect. Your doctor and medical team are the best source of information, so be sure to ask.

Learn more about receiving an implanted system.

Recovering after your procedure

After an implant procedure, it is important to keep all of your doctor appointments, take good care of yourself and connect with others for support. If you experience signs of infection, heart trouble or depression, contact your doctor right away.

Learn more about recovering after your procedure.


1. Kumar, K., Taylor, R. S., Jacques, L., Eldabe, S., Meglio, M., Thomson, S., … North, R. B. (2007). Spinal cord stimulation versus conventional medical management for neuropathic pain: A multicentre randomised controlled trial in patients with failed back surgery syndrome. Pain, 132(1-2), 179-88.