San Diego, CA Spinal Cord Stimulator Cost Comparison

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A Spinal Cord Stimulator in San Diego costs $32,127 on average when you take the median of the 47 medical providers who perform Spinal Cord Stimulator procedures in San Diego, CA. The least expensive Spinal Cord Stimulator in San Diego is $6,600 for a Trial Neurostimulator Implantation while the most expensive Spinal Cord Stimulator list price is $32,000 for a Rechargeable Neurostimulator Implantation. There are 3 different types of Spinal Cord Stimulator provided in San Diego, listed below, and the price for each differs based upon your insurance type. As a healthcare consumer you should understand that prices of medical procedures vary and if you shop from the San Diego providers below you may be able to save money. Start shopping today and see what you can save!
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Procedure Price Range
Trial Neurostimulator Implantation Cost Average $6,600 - $18,100 Free Quote
Non-Rechargeable Neurostimulator Implantation Cost Average $20,900 - $57,300 Free Quote
Rechargeable Neurostimulator Implantation Cost Average $32,000 - $87,900 Free Quote

Compare Spinal Cord Stimulator Providers in San Diego, CA

Facility City Type
San Diego Outpatient Ambulatory Surgical Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sharp Grossmont Hospital La Mesa Acute Care Hospital
Grossmont Outpatient Surgical Center La Mesa Ambulatory Surgical Center
Carlsbad Surgery Center Carlsbad Ambulatory Surgical Center
Scripps Green Hospital La Jolla Acute Care Hospital
Mission Valley Hegihts Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
University of California, San Diego Medical Center San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center/kaiser San Diego Acute Care Hospital
North Coast Surgery Center Oceanside Ambulatory Surgical Center
Eastlake Surgery Center Chula Vista Ambulatory Surgical Center
Premiere Surgery Center Escondido Ambulatory Surgical Center
The Reservoir Physicans Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Outpatient Surgery of Point Loma San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pacific Surgery Center Oceanside Ambulatory Surgical Center
Elite Surgical Centers, Escondido Escondido Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pomerado Outpatient Surgical Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
North Coast Center Encinitas Ambulatory Surgical Center
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla La Jolla Acute Care Hospital
Sharp Memorial Hospital San Diego Acute Care Hospital
La Mesa Medical Surgical Center La Mesa Ambulatory Surgical Center
Ucsd Ambulatory Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Scripps Mercy Surgery Pavilion San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Chula Vista Acute Care Hospital
Otay Lakes Surgery Center Chula Vista Ambulatory Surgical Center
Paradise Valley Hospital National City Acute Care Hospital
Outpatient Surgery of Del Mar San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Palomar Medical Center Escondido Acute Care Hospital
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Encinitas Acute Care Hospital
Egl Ambulatory Surgery Center La Jolla Ambulatory Surgical Center
Escondido Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Poway Surgery Center Poway Ambulatory Surgical Center
Scripps Clinic Ambulatory Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Promise Hospital of San Diego San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Alvarado Hospital Medical Center San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Outpatient Care Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Fallbrook Hospital Fallbrook Acute Care Hospital
Palomar Surgical Center Escondido Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Scripps USP Surgery Center Encinitas Ambulatory Surgical Center
Center for Surgery of Encinitas Encinitas Ambulatory Surgical Center
Scripps Clinic Ambulatory Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Tri-city Medical Center Oceanside Acute Care Hospital
Sharp Coronado Hospital Coronado Acute Care Hospital
San Diego Ambulatory Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pomerado Hospital Poway Acute Care Hospital
Sk Clinic Surgical Center La Jolla Ambulatory Surgical Center

Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation Cost and Procedure Introduction

Spinal cord stimulator (SCS) implantation is a procedure in which a small electrical device is placed under the skin near the spine. This procedure is recommended for patients with chronic pain after more conservative measures — medication, physical therapy, surgeries, injections — have failed to provide adequate relief. Spinal cord stimulators are used to deliver electrical pulses to the spinal cord to mask pain signals before they reach the brain. Spinal cord stimulator implantations are performed at a hospital by a neurosurgeon who specializes in pain management. It is usually a two-stage procedure: There is a trial stimulator that will determine if the SCS will work for the type of pain you’re experiencing and where to place the stimulator. Most patients return home the same day as the procedure or the next morning. Recovery times vary, depending on how quickly your body heals and your pain level, but you should be able to return to normal activities within six weeks.

Patient Preparation for Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation

A physical examination will be performed along with blood tests, chest X-rays and EKGs. It is particularly important to inform the physician of all medications or vitamins taken regularly or if you are pregnant (or think you might be pregnant). Also, let your doctor know if you have heart, lung or other medical conditions that may need special attention, and, finally, if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin, or other medications that affect blood clotting. You will be given instructions in advance that will outline what you should and should not do in preparation for the surgery; be sure to read and follow those instructions. You will be asked to fast for eight hours before the procedure, generally after midnight. You will need to make arrangements for transportation after the surgery is complete. If you are given a prescription for pain medication, have it filled prior to surgery.

What to Expect During and After Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation

There are two stages to the spinal cord stimulator implantation. The first stage is an outpatient procedure using local anesthetic. Using an X-ray to view the area, the surgeon will insert a hollow needle into the space between the bone and spinal cord. The trial lead is then inserted and placed near specific nerves. The wires will be attached to a generator worn on a belt. You’ll go home and monitor your pain level, following all instructions from your doctor. After three to seven days, you’ll return to your doctor to discuss next steps. If it was successful, you’ll move on to stage two. If the trial was unsuccessful, the doctor will remove the trial leads. Stage two is when the permanent stimulator is implanted. After arriving at the hospital, you’ll have a brief physical exam and you will be given a local anesthetic and sedative. The electrode leads are inserted with the aid of an X-ray. Then a small incision is made over the vertebra. A small portion of the bony arch is removed to make room for the leads, which are attached to the epidural space above the spinal cord. After testing the placement and pain level, the surgeon will run the lead wire under the skin to a generator which will be placed under the skin of the buttock. The surgeon will close the incision using stitches or steri-strips.

After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will most often be discharged to your home. Before being discharged, you will be given instructions about care for your incision, limits on activities and what you should do to aid your recovery. If you notice any of the following, call the number the hospital gave you: Fever, excessive sweating, difficulty urinating, redness, bleeding or worsening pain.

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