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had my permanent SCS implant-Q's

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had my permanent SCS implant last Wednesday. I wasn't completely out for the last part of the surgery. it was way more painful than I anticipated.

the recovery has been difficult. lots of incisional pain. it's been very hard to sleep. I got dilaudid because the percocet wasn't even touching the pain. I get this thing turned on Tuesday. I'm very excited about that.

I'm wondering if this is supposed to be this painful. funny, the video said, "you might experience some discomfort at the site of the incision for several days". good one. should've said, "you will hurt like hell for several days!"

anyway... I know we're all different. just wondering if anyone else felt a very high level of pain (8 at times even on dilaudid) at the 2 incisions. my husband is tempted to pull back the tape and look at it to make sure it doesn't look infected.

thanks for any input.


  • my husband peeled back the dressing. holy cow! I thought it would be a 2 inch incision. it's at least 3.5. 12 or so staples. no wonder it hurts. but it doesn't look infected so that is awesome. it will match nicely with my 5 inch incision from the fusion! thank God for tankinis! :)
  • You are having more pain than many do, but those with paddle leads do experience more. Still it should be under control within just a short period of time and then the staples will start to drive you nuts. The average incision is about 3 inches or so, so that's very common. Glad that you get it turned on Tuesday, you'll be much more comfortable once that happens.

  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    Yes, I would say they understated the pain to the point of telling a lie. And how long it would last.
    Good luck, Jim
    P.S. Thats just my own oppinion
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