I am new to this forum and have not posted at other places so I don't know what to expect. I had a Medtronics Neurostimulator Implant on December 23, 2013. The unit has been great.
I have become satisfied in just setting it and leaving it on for now 24/7. I don't seem to even notice it at times. I don't have the bad problems with sleeping and the leg pain waking me up at every single second or feeling crippled.
I still have terrible back pain which I just live with. My stimulator took over 2 years to get my insurance to help with. In fact I was sent back to my surgeon who did my fusion some 17 years ago. He did another fusion in June of 2013 before the implant. I had L3 & L4 that was fused with L4,L5 & L6 fused originally (I have an extra vertebrae) Along with Full rods each side screwed and pinned with bracing between all the way.
Things went well until this February. The 5th I pulled and or twisted my back getting out of my car and felt a sharp quick pain. My incision at the bottom had split about
an inch at the small of my back. The next day I went back to my Surgeon and the PA stitched me up and put me on antibiotics. I went back the next week and the PA felt my split looked great and pulled the stitches out. That was February 12th.
The following week it split
open again at the same place and the PA stitched me again and said he would leave them in for at least 2 to 3 weeks. A couple of days later it
opened up below the stitches, like in a new place about
1/2" from then on it has kept draining.
When I spoke with the Doctor's Office, at this point, I was sent to a Wound Care Specialist. For the past month we have been changing ointments and bandages every other day. On this past Wednesday, April 23, 2013, the Wound Care Doctor said the ooze was getting discolored and not running clear and upon further inspection she could make out some wires.
Well to say the least I was sent back to my surgeon within hours and he said everything is coming out, even possibly my last fusion parts, rods, screws and all.
I am at a loss for words. Actually I am numb. I have no idea what to do. A total of 4 Doctors have told me that my Stim is coming out and that is scheduled for next Monday, May 5th.
Today I found out that I do have a Staph Infection. I really wonder if this is unusual to develop a staph infection so late after surgery, or did I have it all along. I realize that something was wrong to keep splitting
open, but I had no symptoms or inflammation even last week.
I have looked to see what support might be available to help me with this and found this site. Is this a typical resolve to my situation to just rip everything out, wait and start over.
Do I have an option with Medtronics doing another stimulator. I feel I should just let them put me on another run of antibiotics, which I'm sure they will do and see if it may possible clear up.
I have split your post up & made paragraphs to make it easier to read. Some of our members has tracking problems when reading.
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