Freedom Stimulators are revolutionary, compact stimulators that fit through a standard gauge needle which allows for placement with minimally invasive surgery, typically as an outpatient procedure.
Freedom Stimulators are used for a variety of chronic pain conditions. Please consult your physician to see if you are a candidate.
Before a permanent Freedom Stimulator is implanted, a patient is able to test out their pain relief through a trial procedure. A trial stimulator is percutaneously inserted for a therapy evaluation; results will be reviewed with your physician at the end of the trial period to determine if the pain relief was satisfactory.
The implanted Freedom SCS or PNS device has small metal electrodes near the tip. An electrical field of energy is created when power is applied to the electrodes, which aids in blocking the pain signals. The implant receives energy from the external Transmitter Assembly that includes the transmitter and antenna.
The external Transmitter Assembly will need to be charged daily and may last up to 24 hours on a single charge depending on your therapy settings.
It takes average of 4 hours to recharge, even if the battery is completely depleted.
No. The external Transmitter Assembly is not waterproof. Keep it dry to avoid damage. Do not use the transmitter or antenna when engaging in activities that might cause the transmitter assembly to get wet, such as swimming, diving or bathing.
The procedure may be performed without general anesthesia.
This is dependent upon your therapy preference - some patients use the system every other day, while some patients use it 24 hours per day.
Most physical activities are considered safe after the procedure. Consult with your physician as to when you can resume daily activities.
While Medicare and many commercial payers cover both SCS and PNS, providers are responsible for submitting accurate and appropriate codes, charges, claims and modifiers for services that are rendered. Payer policies vary and should be verified prior to treatment for limitations on diagnosis, coding or site of service requirements. Providers should consult with payers, reimbursement specialists and/or legal counsel regarding any questions on coding, coverage or reimbursement matters.
Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) have been clinically proven to reduce chronic pain. Your pain may not be removed entirely, but some patients have reported complete pain relief. Results may vary.
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