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Posted By : NurseinPain - 6/18/2017 2:49 PM
Hi this is my first time posting and would like to hear from people that have had their stimulator removed.

I have a boston scientific and it is being removed next week. I have had the stim now for 3 years, it gave some relief (good distraction at times). I used to have it on 24/7 until I started waking up with the shakes a few months back. My weekly charging changed to every 2nd day and then the remote wouldn't connect with my implant. Long story short, I need an MRI as the last time I had a CT Mylogram I ended up in ICU. So have decided to remove it all together.
I had a dissectomy in March last year left L4/L5 and now the right side is giving me grief.
My leads are across my L5 area and down to my coccyx.
I know i have a lot of scar tissue due to doctors having trouble placing the needles for facet joint/nerve blocks earlier this year. My neurosurgeon has removed only 1 before..
So how much pain did you experience? ? Was it a day case? How long for recovery? Anything else you would like to share with me.?

Posted By : bigecase - 6/18/2017 6:12 PM
This is something that I was really concerned about prior to having my implant. Mine is MRI safe. I have had a couple MRI since having the implant. I just have to turn it to "safe". I was very hesitant prior to getting mine. I waiting a year after doc kept saying this is what you should do. I do get good relief from it but it scares the heck out of me being in there. Good luck with the surgery.
bigecase
Age 46

bulging disc C6, c7, L4 &L5, L5S1 Spinal Stenosis, degenerative disc, mild anterolisthesis FAILED back Surgery 11/29/12. Torn rotator cuff, torn bicep tendon, and spurs all in right shoulder--3 shoulder surgeries. ESOPHYX TIFF surgery. Hypothyrodism, anxiety, migraines, tmj,2 left shoulder surgeries
12/14, SCS implant

Posted By : straydog - 6/18/2017 6:29 PM
Hi Nurse & welcome to the forum. I too wish you the best of luck with your surgery. I searched through the archives here & could not find any info that would be of help. In most instances the dr would remove the battery pack only. Is there a reason that you did not seek out a neurosurgeons with more experience in removing the units & leads?

I think I would be asking the surgeon the questions you have posed here. Take care.
Susie
Moderator in Chronic Pain & Psoriasis Forums

Posted By : NurseinPain - 6/19/2017 2:38 AM
Hi Susie
The reason for sticking with the new neurosurgeon is due to many factors..the first one being short waiting list.
A good friend of mine also scrubs for him and he claims he is very competent. I am hoping he will be able to locate the clips for the two leads running along L5 as I feel them pressing on a nerve and part of the problem. I just want it out.

Posted By : straydog - 6/19/2017 9:01 AM
Nurse, I totally understand the I Want it Out thing. I hope the dr will consider doing a CT before surgery to locate the clips. My thoughts depending on how much scar tissue there is without any type of complications you are looking at a good 6 weeks, perhaps longer before you start feeling decent. Removing the battery pack is not much of a big deal, its the leads. It is difficult to predict since everyone heals differently.

Please come back & let us know how your surgery turns out. As I said before, most of the old threads were people having issues with their units or upset because their dr would not remove the leads.

Take care.
Susie
Moderator in Chronic Pain & Psoriasis Forums

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