L-Foot…I wanted to pop back in and offer a little more information that you may not be aware of. I believe the Trial of the SCS uses different leads, and the permanent one uses paddles. This has made a difference for some patients, that while they had success with the trial, they soon experienced problems because of the paddles. I could be wrong, but I believe the paddles offered a better way for Surgeons to tether the leads, but that placement could be difficult depending on where they needed to be placed, thus the patient not getting the same relief as was experienced during the trial.
Make sure you ask your surgeon about
the difference between the trail leads and the permanent one's. LOL…I'm not sure if it is spelled Leads or Leeds! I assure you I'm the worst speller around here!
Also, in all fairness to you,…please know that this forum is for Chronic Pain patients, so it is not often that patients come here and report success stories on much of anything, whether it's back surgery or whatever. We all were suffering from CP when we found this forum and were looking for answers and suggestions like yourself. I'm a little like Straydog, but you have to understand we have seen member after member complain about
this device. I will say that I met a local CP patient here the other day, and she swears by it! I asked her several times.."are you really happy with it?"…and she assured me that she could not live without it.
If you don't mind me asking, just where exactly do they place this SCS unit with an injury like yourself? Will the leads be placed in and near the foot? and the device itself placed under the skin of the leg? …or the buttock?
Another thing to consider, is that if your devise causes problems, and can no longer be adjusted to an adequate level of relief, and you want it removed…..it is most likely they will not remove it. I do not recall the reason as to why…but Im sure one of the members here can answer this. Please ask all the questions like this of your surgeon before you proceed with it.
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