Pain in neck, back of head, right shoulder & radiating down my right arm to my thumb.
The leads are a C2 (top of my neck). Ideally they would be at C1, but I have scar tissue there from a prior surgery.
They made a 3-4" incision in the center of my back between my shoulder blades which they used to feed the leads up to my neck. From that same spot they fed the cord down to the stimulator. I'm tall, so they ran out of cord at about my waistline, so I have a 0.5" scar where they put in the extension cord that connects with the stimulator in my butt.
The Boston Scientific SCS stimulator that I have is somewhat smaller than the Medtronic neurostimulators, but the difference is not huge. Honestly, you will not look like a mangled science experiment. When I bend over you can see part of the device. It looks like a small, nearly flat block under my skin. You cannot see the whole thing unless you grab & pull at it (which I used to do when I first got it, but that's a big no-no, because you can flip it inside your body & they it won't be able to recharge). You cannot tell it is an electronic device unless you're looking at an x-ray or something.
I've seen people who've had them up by their collar bone. That was what my first surgeon recommended & he had both pictures & live patients to show me. It really doesn't look that bad. The scar creeped me out more than anything because for some crazy reason he used staples. You will not look like you belong on Star Trek unless you are well below your ideal weight range. It is a bit more noticeable on skinny people up by the collar bone, but really it's not horrible. For mine, at least, they made a "pocket" for it to fit in. That is, my PM removed some of the fat where he wanted to put the pack. That way, it was more even with the area surrounding it. :)
Really, though, only your surgeon can tell you what his plan is. Some surgeons don't do it the way mine did & even my PM doesn't do it that way for all of his patients.
YES!!! It makes a night & day difference in my pain level. I wish I could sleep & drive with it on. If I could do those & type for longer periods of time with it turned on, my life would be ideal. I don't mean to say that it took away all my pain, but it did lower it. Stella brings up a good point about doing a site search. Many people have commented on the outcome of both their trial & their implant (if they went through with an implant).