I had an appointment with a N/S who will implant a cervical SCS. However he wants to use paddle leads and will do a laminotomy at the top of my neck to insert leads. He said this procedure is very painful and I should expect to spent two to three days in the hospital. He also said I would not be awake for the surgery. To say I am apprehensive would be an understatement! I had fusion on C5/6 & C6/7 last year but that was done in the front of my neck. I can't imagine what it would feel like to cut the muscles in the back of my neck. Currently my pain is pretty well controlled with 80mg of Oxycontin ER three times a day. I work from home so when the pain is too much I can take Soma and go to bed. I don't know how long my P/M will continue to prescribe this amount without having the SCS. I don't know how long it will be before my tolerance builds and this dosage would not be adequate. I realize the paddle leads would be better in the long run in regards to any migration. Has anyone had this procedure?