Why would I need the Medtronic Intellis™ SCS?
If you have chronic pain that has not been helped by nonsurgical treatment options, a spinal cord stimulator may offer pain relief. The Intellis™ has been shown to improve overall quality of life and can reduce the need for pain medications.
How does the Medtronic Intellis™ SCS work?
The Intellis™ is an implantable device, similar to a pacemaker. It has thin wires, called electrodes and the generator or battery pack. The physicians at Optimal place the electrodes between the spinal cord and the vertebrae in the epidural space. The generator is placed under the skin (often near the buttocks or the abdomen.) The Intellis™ works by interrupting the pain signal that goes to the brain, so the patient doesn’t feel pain.
What does the Intellis™ spinal cord stimulator treat?
The specialized physicians use the Medtronic Intellis™ most often to treat intractable back and/or leg pain. Intellis™ has also found to be effective for:
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Intractable Angina Pectoris
- Movement disorders