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Can you tell me what is the recovery time from spinal cord stimulator implant?

Can you tell me what is the recovery time from spinal cord stimulator implant?

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. ...Read more

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I have a spinal cord stimulator & have about 15-20% improvement in pain level from pre-implant. Is that percentage about average for others?

I have a spinal cord stimulator & have about 15-20% improvement in pain level from pre-implant. Is that percentage about average for others?

No: Most patients will receive at least 50% reduction in their pain. How much reduction in pain did you have during your trial? You may need some reprogramming and evaluation to make sure your leads have not shifted. If you had less than a 50% reduction in your pain during your trial then you should have never been implanted. ...Read more

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I have a spinal cord stimulator implanted in my back my employer is asking for me to take a polygraph will this interfere with the test?

I have a spinal cord stimulator implanted in my back my employer is asking for me to take a polygraph will this interfere with the test?

Not at all: polygraph examinations use changes in your normal physiology such as heart rate, rate of breathing, and blood pressure to help interpret the examinee's reaction to the questions. A spinal cord stimulator supplies a very small current to the spinal cord and is not only not detectable but it also does not change in response to external stimuli. It will have no impact in the exam. ...Read more

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Is a dynatron sts machine available with an already implanted spinal cord stimulator?

Is a dynatron sts machine available with an already implanted spinal cord stimulator?

Confused: Are you asking is you can use the dynatron if you have a scs?
You can use it, but i would turn the scs off while using the dynatron. The dynatron is used to treat sympathetic pain (like the scs).
I would question why you needed it however, as it seems to me to be a duplication of therapy. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after having a Spinal Cord Stimulator Battery replaced.

What is the recovery time after having a Spinal Cord Stimulator Battery replaced.

Ask the Corp: The company who provide the device and certify the physicians are the best people to ask. They will have to answer to you if they are incorrect and they have specific experience with this procedure. Hope it goes well. ...Read more

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Spinal cord stimulator i have myotonic dystrophy type 2. Can you tell me if this can be used on a person with md? Pros, cons?

Spinal cord stimulator
i have myotonic dystrophy type 2.  Can you tell me if this can be used on a person with md?  Pros, cons?

Unclear: While your disease process of md may not specifically preclude you from having a spinal cord stimulator placed, the movement disorder you experience may not allow the stimulator to work best in your condition. The lead may not remain in the optimal spot. In addition, with problems like cardiomyopathy, this may not be optimal treatment for you. See a local pain specialist for recommendations. ...Read more

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Can a spinal cord stimulator be used to treat musculoskeletal pain?

Technically No: Spinal cord stimulation is intended for chronic neuropathic pain affecting the trunk and extremities. Your pain specialist can help determine if scs is right for you. If your pain is more neuropathic than muscular than it may be an option. ...Read more

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Can heteropic ossification happen after surgery to have a spinal cord stimulator fitted?

Can heteropic ossification happen after surgery to have a spinal cord stimulator fitted?

Yes, but rare: Heterotopic ossification is bone formed in soft tissues from trauma -- from a bruise to an injection, to surgery of any kind. Bone forms in the healing cells that generally knit the soft tissues together -- SOFTLY! The hard bone formed can be painful, and is easily felt or seen on x-rays, as it contains calcium.
Please see your doctor about this. If it doesn't bother, no treatment needed! ...Read more

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I had a spinal cord stimulator removed 2 months ago, it "sluffed out" 10 min surgery now I have a severe ichy spot on spine were the leads were?

I had a spinal cord stimulator removed 2 months ago, it "sluffed out" 10 min surgery now I have a severe ichy spot on spine were the leads were?

Spinal Cord Stimulat: i recommend you discuss this with the doctor who removed your stimulator or your pain specialist if the are not the same person. ...Read more

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Can someone with a spinal cord stimulator still go spinning (cycling)?

Can someone with a spinal cord stimulator still go spinning (cycling)?

Depends: Depends on the reason for the stimulator. If you are able to walk or run, then spinning is likely to be OK too. Ask your doctor who knows you! ...Read more

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Can a spinal cord stimulator cause pinched nerve ?

Can a spinal cord stimulator cause pinched nerve ?

If: Placed correctly should help with pinched nerve, sometimes they migrate (leads) go have them checked. ...Read more

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Medtronic or Boston Scientific for spinal cord stimulator? Just curious, not considering yet.

Medtronic or Boston Scientific for spinal cord stimulator? Just curious, not considering yet.

Chronic pain: Both stimulators work by the gate control theory of pain. Stimulating the sensory fibers blocks the pain fibers. A trial of spinal cord stimulation is performed first. If the pain is significantly reduced then a permanent stimulator is placed. Some stimulators are now MRI compatible. Discuss with your physician which system is best for you. ...Read more

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Is trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) the same thing as a spinal cord stimulator? Differences?

Is trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) the same thing as a spinal cord stimulator? Differences?

Nope: Spinal cord simulator is surgically implanted. The TENS unit is worn and can be removed and easily adjusted by you or a physical therapist. This picture is of a typical TENS unit with its simulator, leads and adhesive electodes ...Read more

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What are your opinions on the spinal cord stimulator? My pain management dr is forcing me to get it and I just don't think it's gonna work.

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What are your opinions on the spinal cord stimulator? My pain management dr is forcing me to get it and I just don't think it's gonna work.

Neuromodulation: Spinal cord stimulation (scs) is a device that transmits mild electric currents to the spine to interrupt pain signals and replace the pain sensation with a mild tingling known as paraesthesia. It is approved for treatment pain of the trunk and extremity. It is very effective for selected patients.
However, if you don't feel comfortable with the treatment, you shouldn't do it. ...Read more

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Had fusion surgery in jan 2010 and then 2011 a spinal cord stimulator now the disk above my fusion is bothering me what could it be in a lot of pain?

Discogenic pain: Following spinal fusion the adjacent disc above or below the fused site can bear the weight load causing back pain or recurrence of leg pain. Check the placement of the spinal cord stimulator with an xray to determine if the leads have moved if pain relief has stopped. A ct scan may be indicated to determine if there is re-herniation, spinal stenosis, spinal cord or nerve root compression. ...Read more

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Would a spinal cord stimulator help with sympathetic independent pain of the left leg?

Yes: Spinal cord stimulation(scs) therapy is one of the best and effective therapies for crps. The key though is having the right diagnosis first (other clinical conditions can present with leg pain too) and getting a scs trial therapy first so as to determine whether or not one is a candidate for the scs therapy on a permanent basis. Good luck and be well. ...Read more

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How well does a spinal cord stimulator work?

Depends: They can work very well in the properly selected patient, who has failed most other conservative measures and doesn't have any psychosocial or secondary gain issues. A trial is done first to make sure it helps before implanting one. ...Read more

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How often does the spinal cord stimulator have to be replaced?

That depends on : Several factors: the device manufacturer, the size and type of battery, how often it is on and to what intensity or strength that it is utilized. It is hard to give a general answer because of all these factors. Typically , one is expecting several years on average. ...Read more

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Can a person with a spinal cord stimulator become tolerant and not receive benefits in the long run?

Can a person with a spinal cord stimulator become tolerant and not receive benefits in the long run?

SCS: Although you have a scs - tolerance to its effects can be seen. This is more with older designed systems. The newer ones that are designed now days(boston scientific) result in less tolerance. One has to rule out new pathology as a reason. ...Read more

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Which is most effective at treating severe chronic neuropathic pelvic pain that has no cause: spinal cord stimulator, nerve block injection or tens?

It depends: I would consult a pain management physician for this. Definitely try a round of steroid injections or a tens unit first before having a spinal cord stimulator permanently implanted. ...Read more

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Would a spinal cord stimulator help with small fiber neuropathy pain of leg?

Small Fiber Neuro: Spinal cord stimulator has been shown to be effective in treating a number of chronic pain situations such as chronic pain, such as failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, ischemic and coronary artery disease. There is also a case report showing the successful treatment of small fiber neuropathy with spinal cord stimulation from georgetown university. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for spinal cord stimulator brachial plexus avulsions?

What are the best treatments for spinal cord stimulator brachial plexus avulsions?

Not understanding: My assumption is you are asking what spinal cord stimulators (scs) are best at treating? Typically scs is good at treating neuropathic pain disorders, whether related as a brachial plexus avulsion or a chronic radiculopathy post spine surgery. Also patients with complex regional pain syndromes have been helped with scs. Scs is currently being used for vascular pain being done in europe. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of a spinal cord stimulator?

Limitations: Pros are your pain significantly will be improved and life will be better because pain under better control. The procedure is also totally reversible. Limitations of the device include inability to obtain an MRI scan, which could be an issue if you have diseases requiring MRI scan. There is likelihood that future technology will include MRI compatible spinal cord stimulators. ...Read more

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What risks and benefits are expected with a spinal cord stimulator?

SCS benefits: Besides anesthetic and surgical risks, there are risks involved with scs itself. It includes scs malfunction, scs affecting the wrong location, overstimulation, the lead may move or become damaged, requiring surgical repositioning or removal ...
The benefits of scs include pain control, improving quality of life, reducing medication dosage ... ...Read more

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Pm docs- what type of interventional procedures should I try before the spinal cord stimulator for small fiber neuropathy pain (pain is worse at night?

Pm docs- what type of interventional procedures should I try before the spinal cord stimulator for small fiber neuropathy pain (pain is worse at night?

Neuropathy: Neuropathy can have many reversible causes and these should be explored before a trial of spinal cord stimulation. If the cause is irreversible then there are a variety of medications, compound creams, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. ...Read more