Spinal Cord Stimulator Post-op

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maggie
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   Posted 8/26/2008 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I would love some info on the SCS post-op period (pain, time frame, activity, etc).  I am scheduled for the implant on Tuesday.  My surgeon whom I have only met once states I should spend the night since the pain is so bad.  I prefer to go home and be in my own bed.  I thought this was an outpatient procedure???? 

BionicWoman
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   Posted 8/26/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Part of the post-op pain expectation will depend on what type of leads they're placing. I have a paddle lead that was placed through a laminotomy, which is the more invasive of the options. The surgery was certainly no walk in the park on a Spring day, but I was home in less than 12 hours and well maintained on oral pain medication. :)

maggie
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   Posted 8/26/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thx Bionic...I too will be getting the paddles.  I will see the surgeon on Friday and hope that he decides I can go home the same day.  I am excited about the possibility of pain relief and a little nervous about getting all the coverage I need.

KREF
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   Posted 8/28/2008 2:42 AM (GMT -7)   
When I had mine done I stayed the night, you get better pain med's if you stay, lol. I am a larger guy 6' 4" 310lbs, and it still leaves a rather large bulge on my side with a very large scar, so I dunno about smaller folks, hope it doesnt really stick out for ya. That is a constant bother with these you can feel bumps and edges,takes some time to get used to it, but it is a godsend for me, I just love it. Hope all goes well for you :)

Diagnosed with DDD, Tarsal Tunnel, 3 Herniated discs, Arthritis in hands. Asthma, Hypertension, Diabetes.
Currently on 75 mcg Duragesic Patch, Neurontin 4800 mg daily, Relafen 1500mg daily, Lexapro, and have SCS unit for leg pain.
 
             PAIN SUCKS :(


maggie
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Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 8/28/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
KREF..Thank you for sharing your experience.  I need it to help me decide on spending the night or not.  I found out some great news today.  I am getting the mini version of the SCS so hopefully less pain and faster recovery time.  Will keep you posted on the SCS surgery result.  For the first time in my life (after >10 surgeries) I am actually looking forward to going to the OR. turn
 
 
Piriformis Syndrome, Glut Max Syndrome, Fail Back Surgery x2,
ITB Syndrome & Unknown cause of Nerve Pain Left Buttock
 
Meds:  Kadian, Percocet, Zoloft, Xanax

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