The History of Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Technology

The history of SCS is not a straight timeline — there is actually a split when the technology changed. Early Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) systems was based on pacemaker technology. In the 90's, the cochlear implant was invented, which advanced neurostimulation even further. Compared to pacemakers that had one power source that gave timed broad pulses of stimulation, cochlear implant technology was designed to stimulate individual tiny hearing cells in the ear to restore hearing to people who are deaf. Cochlear implants had dedicated power sources for each contact to allow independent control of stimulation, which is substantially more precise than a pacemaker.

This was a breakthrough in technology that created a different type of SCS — a more advanced SCS. And this is the technology Boston Scientific SCS Systems were built from. Other brands of SCS systems are still based on pacemaker technology.

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