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cervical stimulator

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am strongly considering an scs. my problem is that iam told I have a large epidural space. this requires me to have the implanted device with fixed "paddles" to reduce the intensity and fluctuations experienced during my trials.

Does anyone here have any experience with these paddles???

thanks for the help,


problem. fusion c5, c6 and c7 3 years ago still require fentanyl patch, oxycodone, neurontin, cymbalta.
lumbar laminectomy 30 yrs ago, multiple facet point injections with no success


  • Did the doctor explain to you that problems with position is common during an SCS trial, most especially with the cervical SCS? With my trial it was all over the place, but the permanent implant is far more stable and I have 2 percutaneous leads.

    The paddle leads require a laminectomy to implant, and that is not an option depending on the structural integrity of the cervical spine. I'm surprised that they can even insert the paddle leads given your fusions. Do you still have hardware, or did they remove that?

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  • C
    The doctor did tell me that variations were normal and would subside as the wires heal in place. He did think that the degree of variations in both the pulse and location I was experiencing were far more than normal. this is why he thought the paddles were my only option.

    I do still have the plate screwed to the front side of the 3 veterbrae.

    I would like to find a surgeon with a few or more , paddle installs under his belt, before proceding.

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