Has anyone had the surgical implant, made by Medtronics, tor Neurostimulation? And does any one know of a surgeon who does that procedure in the South East part of the country. I'm seriously considering Dr. Sheu at Beth Israel Hospital in New York. I sure would like to get closer to Memphis, TN. Anyone had sucess with that procedure?
I do hope someone knows what stimulator was implanted as I am also looking for what brands people are using. It seems no one knows what brands were implanted and it really is an important question/answer. Especially since so many are on the market.
If you do a search for spinal cord stimulator on the RSD board, you should come up with quite a few threads. There have been a lot of pro's and cons about them. You definitely want a surgeon who has had a lot of experience implanting them.
For me it was out patient. I did so well I even skipped recovery. It was about 1 hour and 45 mins for the surgery it self. They wake you up during it to make sure the leads are in the right place for the coverage you need.
Then for the next three months there is no bending, twisting, turning or reaching as you need to make sure the leads stay in place and heal.
The first two days after surgery were the hardest for me. My leads are in T 9-10 and the IPG unit is in my right upper butt check. Your Dr will ask you where you want your IPG unit meaning high or low...due to where you wear your pants.
Then after a week you will have to see the Dr and your company rep will be there and they will add more programs to your unit.
I seen my Dr after 3 weeks then 8 weeks then 3 months.
I have been very happy with having the implant
I'm not sure every implant surgery is the same , I had my spine surgeon do mine. He did a Laminectomy first so he could feed the lead down my spine .. My pain management Dr. said he did not do it this way.
I did stay over night in the hospital. Recovery is pretty quick. The only thing that bugged me was where he did the Lami . The battery in my cheek didn't hurt so much. I'm glad I got the stim .
I want to thank both of you for all of you answers, to my many questions. I think mine will be very similar to yours, shawley, since I too am having a laminectomy in order to get to the spine. My PM Dr. did the 1st one in his office, by trying to thread the lead to the spine. But I just had too much scar tissue. So, he referred me to this surgeon, who specializes with complex spine problems. He did say that I would spend the night and as long as everything was going well, I would go home the next day.
OK, I'm confused. Are you having two surgery's at once?
My definition of a laminectomy is The laminectomy surgery is designed to remove a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material from under the nerve root to give the nerve root more space
Or were you referring to a laminectomy just as a small incision?
My surgeon did open my upper back in the thoracic area to place the leads in.
Cindy who performed your surgery ? Was it your PM. Dr. or your spine surgeon. My spine specialist did mine , he removed bone so he could get the lead closer to my nerves . PM Dr.'s do not do it this way , they just run the lead over the spine instead of up against the nerve itself. This allows better stimulation . I actually had 2 Lami's in my upper back , cause I had to have my lead replaced and where my first Lami was it was scarred to bad for rentry and it was only 3 months after my first lead placement . My PM Dr. told me only spine surgeons do the stim this way.. Sorry it was so confusing .
Yes, what everyone is saying is correct. My PM originally tried it in his office and it could not be done, due to the scar tissue problems. So, he referred me to a spine specialist who will do the whole thing at one time, in the hospital. He will go in and to get to the correct place, he will have to do what he called a laminectomy. He will try to place the leads around T7/8 and then he will wake me up, just long enough to have me tell him where I get the most coverage. If he can find a spot that will cover both my back and legs, then he will put me back to sleep and then do what would ordinarily be the 2nd visit, where he will sew the paddles to my spine area and inplant the unit under my skin.
Lorie this proceedure is pretty easy , as long as your well sedated you won't remember to much . They will probably want you to stay over night to watch you . They did me . The first couple weeks your a little sore but nothing compared to your fusion surgery .