Tony, As was stated, I am in the process of having the impland of the same unit you described. I did a 7 day trial and after a modification 2 days after the trial started, I was ablt to use the stim to address pain during the day. I tried to keep a regular schedule during the trial to see how I responded. I used the stim 24 hours a day. At night I had it on low to see if sleep would improve, which it did not. I did find that during the day, it distracted the effects of pain and I stopped my methadone during the day. I try not to take much during the day anyway and as I work, I don't allow the pain to stop me much.
The PMS was hesitant to go ahead with the implant as it did not address my night time pain which has been my biggest complaint anyway. He finally decided to go ahead with the idea that it would allow me to not to use meds during most days.
I just had my appoint. with my surgeon (did my fusion last year) and he also was hesitant. Again the same issues camm up. I was scheduled for the implant on 6/1/09 and just received a call and it has been postponed to 6/8/09. There was a scheduling error at the hospital. I am going to have the transmitter placed above the belt line on my left side. That way it will not effect the sitting and possible discomfort as well as well as any rubbing of the belt. I am not concerned that some day I may have my shirt off and someone will see a scar or lump.
I also asked the important question as to further diagnostic imaging limitations with the implant. My surgeon stated that while the transmitter is implanted, no mri's can be done. Other tests can. He stated that if necessary, the transmitter can be removed, the leads or paddles can be left in place and then an MRI can be done. This seems to contradict information from others but he assured me that he has had patients who he has removed the transmitter and had an MRI done with the paddles in place.
I will be awake for most of the procedure as he does a different level of anestesia at the start and then will wake me up after the paddles are placed so the positioning of the paddles can be done. The Boston Scintific Rep. will be in the operating room during the procedure so they can hook me up to a computer as soon as the paddles are in place.
As my surgeon knows my work schedlue, he stated that if I felt comfortable enough the following day, I could return to work but thought a couple days off would not be all that bad. Then 10 days later I will have the staples removed. What else can I share that will help you.