Re: Did your insurance company require you to have a psych eval?
if you actually go to the medtronics website,it does explain just why this is actually needed. that requirement for the eval actually comes recommended by the actual manufacturer and not the ins co. if you recieved something from your ins co on this it was most likely because it IS a requirement set forth by medtronics prior to placing one in any patient. they would probably be aware of this or contacted by whoever would be placing it and simply followed thru on that recommendation.
the exam kind of gauges just what the overall expectations of the patient actually are(are they thinking this will be the cure all or more realistic about the expectations and limitations of this device) and if they would be able to really handle the changes that come along with just having this placed. it IS kind of a bigger deal for some people than others. this also gives the patient time to really ask and hear all about what is in store once this gets placed too. its just once that gets placed even if you remove that stim itself,the trodes will always be there since they cannot remove them. they are kind of cemented in so to speak? this will also take away the ability to ever have an MRI done in the future too. that was one of the bigger drawbacks for me. i just need that level of monitoring done on a more regular basis. becasue the metal will be there there can also be some limitations on any types of thermal(heated) types of possible therepies he may want to try too. i know because of my titanium plate and screws in my c spine any thermal or deep infrared therepies are a no no now for me(the metal just conducts and radiates heat). its all a very highly individual decision to have this type of pain management done and used,ya know? personally,i do think the eval is a good thing? Marcia
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.
Last edited by feelbad; 06-26-2008 at 06:31 AM.