A complete neurostimulation system includes several components:
- Neurostimulator – The device that generates the electrical impulses (usually placed under the skin in your abdomen or upper buttock)
- Leads – Thin, insulated medical wires that deliver electrical pulses to the epidural space near the spine
- Physician’s programmer – A computer at your doctor’s office that lets your doctor adjust the neurostimulation system and its settings
- Patient’s programmer – A handheld device you can use at home to customize the stimulation (within the settings your doctor has selected)
The neurostimulation system does not make any noise. It may be felt as a small bump under your skin, but does not normally show through your clothes.