Can you give more details about
what unit you're getting & what kind of leads you're getting implanted? Some SCS implants need to be monitored for a period b/c they are more major surgery. Other implants are very minor & you can be released about
an hour post-op (without sedation) or a couple hours post-op (with sedation).
PS -- Based on other experiences (I did SCS with leads, no paddles, without sedation & was released 60 minutes post-op), the hospital people are not always wonderful at managing pain. Some are, others are lousy. I've gone to the hospital 3 times for severe pain (1-2 weeks stay each time) & one time they took great care of me, one time they were only slightly better than my normal pain level, and one time they accused me of all sorts of things & wouldn't even let me take my normal amount of medication. That last time they couldn't understand how someone could be in pain sitting or standing, but be fairly quiet about
their pain while lying down. Obviously they had little to no training in how nerve pain works.
If you have to stay for monitoring, that's totally different; to stay just because you want better pain relief may or may not work out for you.
Post Edited (Frances_2008) : 7/30/2010 3:57:43 PM (GMT-6)