Hi Bill. Sounds like things are going well with the trial. Laminectomy with regards to SCS - they remove a small piece of bone in order to get the leads into the correct place. I've not been through that - I've got one percutaneous lead and one very fine paddle, which are both placed using some sort of introducer (aka BIG needles...!)
We never really discussed paddle leads for me - I think partly due to my age and it being a more invasive surgery (I was only 21). Of course they do have the advantage of being more stable and less able to migrate or be damaged. I'm back into surgery on Thursday for the fourth revision on mine after damaging it last year.
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