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Everybody seems to have some great comments...

I just want to let you all chew on something real quick...

I have had chronic post-traumatic neuropathy/chronic pain from several groin injuries and surgeries (9 in 2yrs). I have been put through the ringer with drugs; vicodin, percocet, kadian, morphine sulp, duragesic, etc...not to mention all the NSAIDS, anti-epileptic/anti-seizure/anti-depressant/anti-inflammatory, sleep aid, nausea aid, etc...

I am now on a great regiment; methadone, lyrica, ritalin (for pain actually), wellbutrin, and lunesta...I know everyone is different, however, that combo really seems to work out with minimal side-effects.

The most important thing I did was get a stim implant over 1 year ago...it is the newest one by ANS. Although larger than the AB units mentioned, it has over 3 times more battery capacity, 16 leads (rather than 6-8), and a much stronger electrical range. The AB and Medtronic units will last 1-3 years at best before you need ANOTHER surgery to replace the IPG (battery, the leads stay in all the time)...the ANS unit will go 4-6 years before that point. I am not advising one unit or another, just giving facts...you need to make those important decisions.

Make sure you are FULLY aware of EVERY aspect of the trial/permanent implants. I had a permanent implant 1 1/2 years ago...the IPG was implanted in my left abdomen right below my belt line. MAKE SURE your surgeon properly places the unit!!!! Having your belt and pant line CONSTANTLY rubbing against the edge of your IPG is REAL BAD! Your surgeon needs to think of EVERY aspect of how your body moves to really determine the SPECIFIC placement that will work with minimal irritability if any...

6 weeks after that implant (1 1/2 yrs ago), I woke up with a distended, red, and warm belly over the IPG implant. By 6 pm that evening, I was in the surgery unit of my local Kaiser having an emercency removal of a STAFF INFECTION...oh yes, the unit and leads went with it. For the next 3 1/2 months, I had a 5 inch wide incision in my abdomen that had to be LEFT OPEN to heal from the INSIDE OUT!! Every day, twice a day, I had to PACK that incisional hole (that the IPG was originally implanted in) with gauze (initially, I was using over 9 yds of gauze each pack). My SECOND implant was put in the same incision, however, placed right below my rib cage on the left...much better placement. I am 5'9'' and 125lbs, so the placement had to be just right, you know?

I would love for any and all of you to please contact me or reply to this message...any questions or comments would be awesome!!

-Dave