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Spinal cord stimulator- Recovery period!! Please help!!

Started by kluther on 07/31/2018 1:28pm

I am going to have a spinal cord stimulator surgery in a couple of weeks can someone please help me and tell me what to expect in the recovery phase? I have heard that it is very painful. I have had a fusion surgery so I am not sure how it compares to that. I am returning to work in 10 days after the surgery. Please let me know your experience.

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Hi, kluther--thank you for your question about spinal cord stimulation. Recovery from SCS surgery varies greatly, so we recommend asking your doctor for his/her expectation of what it will be like for you. Your doctor knows your medical history and current health state--2 things that greatly impact recovery--so he/she is best positioned to correctly set your recovery expectations.

We'd also like to share our Spinal Cord Stimulation Center content with you: ( Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain: What You Need to Know ). This link will connect you to our full range of content on this topic, and it may help spark some good questions for your doctor prior to surgery to help ease your mind about the procedure and recovery.

We hope this helps, and we wish you success with your SCS surgery and a smooth recovery.

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I too am slated for a spinal cord stimulator and I would like to know more about the recovery and the amount of pain at the time of placement. Help

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I had the spinal cord stimulator implanted one week ago today. I am feeling good and having minimal pain. I have been able to go out to the store and do stuff like that for a couple of days now. I have the battery implanted in my butt and have another incision in my back. I have no bruising like others have shown in pictures. This surgery I feel has been pretty easy and I would say very easy for me compared to my L5-s1 laminectomy and fusion surgery. I didn't take and prescription pain medication because I was sick for 3 days from the anesthesia. I would recommend not being afraid of doing this surgery. This is just my experience.

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I'm glad it is working for you kluther. I'm getting mine very soon. The brand they are using is St Jude Medical, bought by Abbott. I'm wondering if anyone has tried this brand? Thanks

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HI KLUTHER, I HAD THE TRIAL SCS PUT IN LAST WEEK OF JULY. I HAVE HAD 6 MAJOR OPERATIONS BEFORE THIS INCLUDING FUSIONS L2- L5 S1, L2-T8 DISCOMOTEMY , LAMINECTOMIES , LAZER AND THE SCS WAS THE WORST PAIN AND I HAD L5-L3 FUSION AND T12-T8. I WOUND UP GETTING A STAPH INFECTION AND MENINGITIS. I WAITED 2 MONTHS AND GOT THE SCS PUT IN ON SEPT 26 2018 AND I CAN TELL YOU IT IS THE WORST PAIN YET. I HAVE HAD SEVERE PAIN IN MY CALF AND LEFT FOOT, AND RIGHT LEG PAIN SO SEVERE I CAN NOT PICK MY RIGHT LEG UP. I ALSO HAD THE STAPLES TAKEN OUT IN THE ER, BC THE PERMANENT ONE GOT INFECTED AS WELL. IF I HAD KNOW I WOULD HAVE TAKEN 4 VISITS TO GET IT RIGHT. I WOULD ADVISE AGAINST ALTHOUGH IT DID HELP.PROBLEM IS YOU WANT TO GET BACK TO QUALITY OF LIFE YOU MAY WANT TO GO HARD. I UMPIRED 3 BASEBALL GAMES ON SUNDAY WITH STAPLES STILL IN, yOU MUST REST. AGAIN MY PROBLEM IS I WENT TOO HARD TOO QUICK, TAKE YOUR TIME FOR AT LEAST THE FIRST MONTH.

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i had one done not so bad and i dont do pain lol 6 weeks time needed to fully recover no lifting bending or so on

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