Re: Spinal Cord Stimulation Recovery ?
The trial is easy. I did two trials and have two SCS implants. My trials lasted 3 days and I did not go to work during the trials. Not having a shower was the worst part for me. I did not reduce the meds during the trials. My first SCS implant surgery took 8 weeks to have a full recovery. I was in a neck brace the entire recovery time after each surgery. My implants are cervical. (C4-5 and C1-2) The batteries are located on my sides. They press against my ribs and are very visable. After surgery, I needed help getting out of bed for a few days. The pain was bad for the first 2 weeks. I had a complete revision surgery a year later because of lead migration. That one was a little easier but the doctor still had me take off 8 weeks from work. Just about a year ago I had my 2nd SCS implanted for pain in my head. I was off of work for 9 weeks and the recovery was difficult. I was on a higher dose of meds during the first phase of my recovery. So here I am now and I do not regret the surgeries. I use both stims 24 hours a day and they help. They do not take away all of my pain. On a good day I get about 50% relief. I still get nerve blocks and I also get RFA procedures. I am on the same level of medication now that I started on 6 years ago. For me, that is ok. I am glad I have been able to avoid increasing the meds. I wish you the best of luck!