0.Speak with a physician offering the HFX Solution
Find out if it’s right for you
Identifying a physician that offers the HFX Solution is an important first step. At your initial consultation, your doctor will assess your condition, discuss relevant treatment options and answer any questions you may have.
1.Try the HFX Solution in a temporary trial
In just a week, you can discover if it works for you.
The trial system delivers the same therapy as the implanted device.
- The trial consists of a simple procedure that can be performed in your doctor’s office or a local outpatient facility.
- Thin, flexible wires, called leads, are placed beneath the skin and next to the spine.
- You wear a temporary device under your clothes that delivers stimulations to the leads.
- The system is customized for your pain. You then assess the pain relief and improvement to your daily activities.
2.The implant procedure
If you and your doctor agree the HFX Solution works for you, then you can move forward with the implant.
During a quick and minimally invasive procedure, a small device is implanted under the skin, just above the beltline or in the buttocks area. It’s connected to thin, flexible wires, just like those used in the trial, that are placed near the spine. It’s also possible your physician may recommend an alternative approach using a paddle lead, which requires a slightly different procedure.
Getting your implant is typically an outpatient procedure, which means you will likely go home the same day.
Frequently asked questions
Can I try HFX first?
Yes! You can try the HFX Solution in a temporary trial and decide if it’s right for you.
How long does the trial period last?
The trial period is typically about a week and usually no more than 14 days. Timing depends on your response to the therapy and your doctor’s recommendation.
Are there any restrictions after the trial procedure?
Your doctor will tell you what you can and cannot do after the procedure. In general, the device and dressings must remain dry to avoid infection. To ensure the leads stay in the right place, you should not lift your arms above your shoulders or lift heavy objects. Please consult your doctor before engaging in any physical activity.
How do I know the stimulator is working?
You will be involved every step of the way, giving your doctor feedback and making sure the HFX Solution is programmed to meet your needs. Once you receive your permanent implant, the status of your system can be checked with your Remote Control. Refer to the Accessory Guide under Downloadable Resources for more information.
Will I feel the stimulation?
No. Unlike other spinal cord stimulation systems, HFX 10 kHz Therapy does not create a tingling sensation, known as paresthesia. You may have some procedural pain, but this should subside within 1 or 2 days.
What is the cost / insurance coverage required for implant and implantation?
An HFX implanting physician will be able to determine appropriateness of the HFX for PDN procedure and will work in tandem with our HFX Access team to complete a benefit verification, prior authorization, and, if necessary, appeal processes for PDN patients.