Spinal Cord Stimulator Removal

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   Posted 11/8/2017 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I am about to have my Boston Scientifict Spinal Cord Stimulator removed that I have had for 6yrs. Has anyone had one removed that they have had implanted for awhile? I am concerned with the scar tissue & the recovery time.

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   Posted 11/9/2017 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bott & welcome to Healing Well. Removing the unit the unit is done outpatient. Are you just having the battery pack removed, as this is what most drs only remove. If your leads are also being removed, yes the surgery is a little more extensive because of scar tissue. A lot of folks say just having the battery pack removed they are doing well within 2-3 weeks. If leads are being removed then 6 weeks is a reasonable estimate. Again it depends on how much scar tissue is encountered. These are questions you should ask of the surgeon.

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   Posted 11/16/2017 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I had mine removed after 8 years. Mine had to be done inpatient due to a massive infection that had spread the entire length of the tract (that doctors denied existed for 7.5 of those years until I practically had one foot in the grave).

I do have scar tissue, but the doctor was able to remove it without issue. He went in through the original incisions & just made them a tiny bit longer.

The healing time was nominal. I had probably 3 days where I couldn't do much of anything (again, possibly due to the infection) and then it was 2 weeks until I could get the drains & stitches out. Honestly, though, the pain from the removal really wasn't bad. The implant was a long recovery for me -- 6 weeks off of work, another 2 where I worked part-time. The explant was no problem.
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