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Old 05-08-2008, 01:43 AM   #1
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After spinal cord stimulator implant how long of recovery?

I have read many of your stories about having the implant done but no one has mentioned what the recovery time was. How long after the implant before you were able to return to work or somewhat normal activities? And ...was yours done at a day surgery clinic or were you actually admitted to the hospital? Thanks so much.

Old 05-08-2008, 04:47 AM   #2
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Re: After spinal cord stimulator implant how long of recovery?

Hi Anna , my recovery time was a few weeks , probably 3 months until you can do more.. They like the lead or leads to scar in so they don't move .. I had mine done last June , and I can hardly tell its back there . I had mine done by my surgeon , I wouldn't let a PM Dr. near my spine so it was in the hospital and I was in overnite . See a surgeon will do a Laminectomy so they can get the leads closer to your nerves the PM Dr. doesn't do this . But the closer they get it the more stimulation you'll have . Like I always said , my stim doesn't take all the pain away , but it has helped so much with the pain in my legs.. I'm glad I had the implant .

Hope I answered some of your questions and hope it works for you too.


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Old 05-08-2008, 08:49 AM   #3
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Re: After spinal cord stimulator implant how long of recovery?

Yes, thank you so much! for answering... it is very helpful to us. My husband wants to pursue the stimulator route but doesn't have the time available to take off of work so he is wondering what kind of time off of work in the other method of just threading the leads without the laminectomy...would you happen to know? We truly appreciate your sharing information.

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