It does sound like you have been discussing it with a salesman. I went for a consult for scs and asked the rep some very pointed questions about the frequency of lead migration, about the change in stimulation patterns from trial to permanent implant and why that seems to occur frequently, about other problems that I have read from others in regard to scs, and she either blamed the patient for "not following directions" as to why the leads migrate, or improper measurement by the implanting surgeon ( although she claimed that was the least likely reason). In regard to the change in stimulation patterns , she also blamed that on the patients and their moving, rather than it being an issue with the device or the leads.....having another surgery sounds rather simple to place paddle leads, but it's not their bodies that are being cut open again and you have to fight with the doctor for months to get that to occur, assuming that you have a compassionate doctor. Many scs implant doctors seem to feel that once you have one, the need for medication is no longer, which seems to be furthest from the truth from what I have read and seen posted by others.
My best recommendation is to do your own research. For John, have you ever been diagnosed with arachnoiditis? From your description of the water running down your legs /feet , I was just wondering?Anyway, good luck with whatever you decide to do.....I'm sorry that you have to deal with this to begin with.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..