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About Chronic Pain

One thing about pain, you know it when you have it. If you suffer from constant chronic pain, over time it wears you down; physically, mentally, emotionally. Do you know what kind of pain you have?

What are Radiofrequency Ablation and Spinal Cord Stimulation?

Boston Scientific’s Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) solutions and Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) systems have helped thousands of patients find relief from chronic, neuropathic pain, often when other therapies have failed.

  • RFA is a simple, minimally invasive outpatient procedure. Your pain management specialist targets nerves that causes pain and uses thermal energy to interrupt the pain signals at their source. Learn more about RFA >
  • The SCS system works by interrupting pain impulses before these reach the brain, helping patients to manage their pain. With SCS therapy you may or may not feel a gentle fluttering sensation, depending on the therapy you and your consultant prefer. Learn more about SCS >

How can RFA and SCS help you?

RFA and SCS are treatments that can help significantly reduce neuropathic chronic pain and improve quality of life (QoL)1,2,3,4.

Reduction in Pain

RFA and SCS patients can have significant pain relief sustained over time.1,2,3,4

Reduction in medication

Patients may be able to reduce their pain medication, avoiding potential side effects.1,2,3,4

Improvement in quality of life

Patients may notice improvements in QoL; sleeping better, walking for longer, mood…1,2,3,4

Real Stories

These are the stories of people like you who manage their chronic pain by using an SCS System.

“I have gone back to doing what I could not do before“

“It’s impacted my whole
quality of life“

“I got my life back.
The girls got Mum back.“

The patient quotes in this material describe real personal experiences. Individual results may vary. Patients can experience different levels of pain management and different changes in their activities and use of medications. Consult with your physician to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure and what you may gain from the therapy.


Get the answers you need

Whether you are considering SCS or RFA or are in the process of getting it, here you will find the answers about the whole journey.

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This material is for informational Purposes only and not meant for medical diagnosis. This information does not constitute medical or legal advice, and Boston Scientific makes no representation regarding the medical benefits included in this information. Boston Scientific strongly recommends that you consult with your physician on all matters pertaining to your health.

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