A 38-year-old male asked:
7s surgeries for my back/nerve pain. i have a scs unit and also a pain pump which was found faulty aft 21/2yrs should i get it fixed or meds?
3 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Fix pump?: It depends on how well you think your pain was managed when the pump was working. Unless it gave you very significant relief i probably would not advocate to have it fixed. I would have a conversation with you pain doctor about realistic expectations.
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Anesthesiology 29 years experience
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Pain Management 38 years experience
Possibly neither: Two separate implantable devices for pain is not the norm in most sophisticated pain practices. Pain pumps have many complications and can lead to spinal injury with granulomas ( scarring) and resistance to the medications. Spinal meds can cause increased pain secondary to inflammatory changes in the spinal lining. There are some tremendous new options in wave forms in SCS , get a second opinion.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2017
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