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SCS battery replacement

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 51,489
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Pain Management
Hi,

Has anyone had their battery replaced in their SCS. I go tomorrow to find out if it needs replacing, and was just wondering how invasive the procedure was. I have had my stimulator for 2.5 years, so this is pretty soon I thought. Also anyone have the rechargeable battery. Thats what the will replace this one with.

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  • I have not had my battery replaced (sound of knocking on wood), however I do have a rechargeable battery. I was worried that I would be "tied" to being close to an electrical source all the time, but that's not so. I have found that even running my SCS on multiple channels day and night, I only have to recharge every 7 to 9 days. My charging battery will give me 2 full charges even with the SCS still running during the charge. So I am able to be free from an electrical source for several weeks if necessary.

    I don't know for certain, but I would think that it's not too big of a deal to get the battery replaced, especially if they are using the same pocket.

    Best of luck and come back and let us know how it went.

    "C"
  • Holtpooh,
    I have not had the battery replaced, but I have had my battery adjusted. In Dec I had to have it adjusted, they just went in the same insicion, adjusted and sewed me up. It was a pretty easy process. I was only out of work for 10 days. However, when they adjusted it, they put it too deep, so next week I go in to have it moved to the other side of my back. So it will be a new pocket.
    Mine is also rechargable, so I agree with Hagland on that, once it is fully charged, I do not have to charge for another week or so.
    Good luck and take care!
    Jeni
  • I'm starting to think I'm the deviant on charging times. My last several charges have taken about 4.5 hours (from 1/4 battery to full) and have been 6-7 weeks apart. :?


  • How many channels are you running at one time? I have to run 4 channels simultaneously at various amplitudes to get good coverage. I bump up the amplitude depending on my activity and turn it down at night.

    We do know you are a deviant though, so ... =))
  • Thanks to everyone. I unfortunately do not have the rechargeable battery, so I went yesterday to meet with the medtronic rep and my doctor, and I do indeed have to get a new battery. Good news is that it will be a rechargeable one this time. So thanks for all the input on rechargeables, I was curious about how they actually worked. I'm a little slow in finding this site, but it's great to finally be able connect with folks who have a SCS. Didn't think too may existed.
  • I'm running 4 too.

    I have the specify 5-6-5 lead and the doctor and rep both told me I would have better coverage using less power than I would if I had percutaneous leads, but the differences seem too extreme for just that to account for. :?
  • I am running 4 channels on 2 percutaneous leads arranged to crosstalk. So I guess you could say it would be as if running 8 individual channels.

    I think it's cool that you get longer battery life. I would probably get forgetful if I didn't have to recharge on a weekly basis. So I guess for me, the shorter recharge cycle time is better.

    Which battery do you have? I am running the RestoreULTRA.

    "C"
  • Glad to hear that they are going to fix you up with a rechargeable battery. How soon before they do the swap?

    It is nice to have an ever expanding group of people with neurostimulators to compare notes with. There seems to be a recent expansion of the population numbers. What's cool is not everyone is using the same brand or even model, so we get to see how each company deals with their clients.

    What boggles my mind, is that permanently implanted neurostimulators have been in use since the 1960's. I can't even imagine how frustrating the older battery technology and lead configuration must have been.

    Glad to have you aboard, and love your beagle!

    "C"
  • Since my battery is still running, my doctor is going to schedule me for anywhere from 2-4 weeks out. If it goes out anytime soon, the surgery will be done ASAP. I have lost some sensation, but I am still getting good coverage.

    I'm just hoping I won't be out of commission too long.

    BTW, the beagle's a mess, but gotta love em!
  • When I first read this post I didn't get that it wasn't a rechargeable battery that you had... I would think it would be pretty cool to not ever have to recharge, but a little unsettling to know that you would have to have it replaced after only a few years. I don't even remember when my rep told me that mine would have to be replaced. Having it placed the first time wasn't too bad, but having it REplaced, I'm thinking, might be a bit uncomfortable because of the scar tissue. Worth it of course, but a bit uncomfortable!
    Good luck with the replacement procedure and please tell us how it goes! Welcome aboard!
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