Hi all...I've been lurking here for a while and enjoyed all the good info this site has to offer..I have a couple questions that I have not come accross (or missed)..I have had 2 back surgeries, last one 2 level fusion. I am a golfer and had my 1st pain free (tolerable pain) last year and was amazed as i have not felt that good since a couple years before my surgeries. My surgeries were in 2006 and 2007. This past winter pain returned with a vengance..Feet ach all the time and back is intolerable most days. Used a few meds (vicodin) but did very little for the discomfort I haave. I jumped through all the hoops for the scc implant and I am scheduled to have the permanent implant on thursday (Restore Advanced Neurostimulator by Medtronics). I am not getting the paddle leads..Now to my questions.
1. Has anyone had this procedure and returned to golf with any problems of lead movement after the 3 month down time for recovery
2.does anyone have this particular unit and how do you like it.
3. I was told they will be using a general anestetic (sp sorry). How exactly does this work since you have to be awake when they test leads? What kind of medicine will they use for this..
Thanks in advance...Would appreciate some quick responses as I have 2 days until procedure.