I got a SCS back in August of 02 and it has been the best thing I have ever done. I just love it. The surgery is not a big deal - for the trial or the permanent one. You may have to stay in the hospital over night, but if you have had back surgery - this one is a piece of cake. It really helped (and still does) w/my back/leg pain. I still have to take pain meds, but having the SCS enables me to be able to work and have a somewhat normal life. It's not going to get rid of all the pain, but hopefully it will make what pain you have more manageable.
I did have one of the leads go bad a couple of years ago, but they were able to fix it. The 4 months I didn't have it working made me realize again how much it helps me. I just can't rave about it enough!
I have had it for 6 years now and haven't had to get the battery changed. When they fixed it in 06 my battery was just under 1/2 full. Just remember if you keep it, no MRIs or diatheramy - I got a medical ID bracelet just in case I got into an accident or something and was passed out, so the medical personnel would see that I have the scs and wouldn't give me an MRI.
So, I wish you great luck and let me know if you have any questions!!
Lumbar post laminectomy syndrome, radiculopathy, spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, otesoporosis, spinal cord stimulator. No accidents - just inherited a bad back.
Meds: Effexor, Gabitril, Hydrocodone, Percocet, Ativan, Flexiril, ms contin (not all at the same time) :)