In my opinion, I think it means stay away, as in really stay away. That's my plan, although I'd love to have an induction range! The reason I believe that is because with other things in the patient manual, it's more specific. For example, the section addressing power tools says to keep the motor of the tool at least 4 inches from the neurostimulator; for salon hair dryers, dental equipment, and various laser treatments, it says you must turn the stimulator off and keep the equipment motor/generator at least 6 inches from the neurostimulator implant site, leads, and extensions. But for the induction range, it says to stay away, with no specifics to compensate for being near the range when it's turned on.
If I were in your situation, I would hold off on the range until you decide whether or not the neurostimulator is going to be a permanent part of your life. By the time you're that far into the process, you'll be able to get more specific information from your doctor and implant representative based on where and how your permanent implant would be placed. I have a friend that has a Boston Scientific implant and every time we go shopping together, she gets jolted by the security systems at several stores, while I never feel a thing. Even though we both have neurostimulators and they work basically the same way, they're very individual and the seemingly small differences can have a major impact on how the implant handles external interference.
Hope that's helpful
Post Edited (BionicWoman) : 9/1/2008 4:38:50 AM (GMT-6)