What is Dorsal Spinal Cord Stimulator?

Category: Equipment


Dorsal Column Stimulator (DCS) is an implantable medical device used to treat chronic pain of neurologic origin. An electric impulse generated by the device near the dorsal surface of the spinal cord provides a paresthesia ("tingling") sensation that alters the perception of pain by the patient.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Peripheral neuropathy 7 3
Pain in lower back 6 3
Pain in leg(s) 3 3
Complex regional pain syndrome type I 2 4
Abdominal pain 1 3
Central pain syndrome 1 1

Show all 11 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 1
Mild 3
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dorsal Spinal Cord Stimulator

Side effect Patients
Buzzing vibration sensation 1
Inflammation 1
Insomnia 1
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 1
Numbness in hands 1
Numbness in legs 1

Show all 7 reported side effects


Based on patients currently using Dorsal Spinal Cord Stimulator

Dosage Patients
daily 4

Why patients stopped taking Dorsal Spinal Cord Stimulator

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 2
Other 2
Side effects too severe 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
Personal research 1
See all 6 patients who've stopped using Dorsal Spinal Cord Stimulator


Currently using Dorsal Spinal Cord Stimulator

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 3

Stopped using Dorsal Spinal Cord Stimulator

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 3
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 0
< $25 8
Not specified 5
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1 patient evaluation for Dorsal Spinal Cord Stimulator

Jul 13, 2015 (Started Aug 30, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in leg(s))
  • Side effects
    Severe (buzzing vibration sensation)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Be honest with yourself when doing the spinal cord stimulator (scs) trial. Don't let a doctor talk you into the scs if you don't think it will give you the relief the brochure and doctor tell you.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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