could anyone give me some information on spinal stimulator surgery. i went and had the trial done now i am going on the 27th to have the impant done. my surgeon told me it was going to be very painful because after he cuts through the skin he is going to have to spread my muscles to get to my spine to place the lead. he told me the local will not help with the pain while he spreads the muscle so i will be in extreme pain for about 15 minutes. has anyone else had this type of surgery and if so can you tell me how painful it really is?