A 23-year-old member asked:
can you tell me what is the recovery time from spinal cord stimulator implant?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Paul Slosar answered
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Variable: It can range from weeks to months depending on the complexity of the surgery for implant and the skill of the surgeon.
Answered on Jan 6, 2017
Dr. William Newton answered
18 years experience Pain Management
Few days to weeks: Normally patients will be sore for the first week if the underwent a percutaneous implant as compared to a paddle implant. Paddle implants require some bone removal and are more invasive. These will require a longer recovery and may be more painful. After about a month i release my patients to become more active as tolerated. I have had patients return to sedentary jobs in as early as one week.
Answered on May 28, 2019
Dr. Kevin Vaught answered
27 years experience Neurosurgery
6 weeks: It takes about six weeks to completely recover.
Answered on Jun 30, 2018
Dr. Marshall Bedder answered
37 years experience Pain Management
Approx. 6 weeks: Any surgery results in skin and muscle being incised to get to whatever target is being treated. The human body takes about 6 weeks to repair and regenerate these tissues back to about as full strength as they will be. The actual surgery for a SCS implant involves a small incision near the spine to insert the needle to thread the leads and anchor them, and a separate incision for the generator.
Answered on Jan 10, 2020
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