Hello - relative newbie - been fighting chronic low back pain for 7+ years with little success. Have had 2 IDET procedures on L4-L5, L5-S1 (first one provided 18 months relief, 2nd one - nothing). Have consulted 6+ orthopedic and neurosurgeons for spinal fusion to many other procedures found here. Two neurosurgeons suggest NO surgery and consult a physiatrist (neuro). Many injections, etc, PT, but living on horrible pain meds - i.e. NO LIFE.
Offered a trial with Boston Scientific SCS Precision Plus. Seems to be a bit more optimal than the Medtronic products. Has anyone done a viable comparison of brands? Other questions:
1) Is a lamenectomy really the only way to insert the wires into the spinal cord area? Seems intrusive.
2) Once implanted, is there anything outside of the body? Posts here are confusing.
3) Any data on short and long term success? Does the pain mgmt require constant tweaking or over time do you have to increase time and intensity of modulation to get same effect?
4) Anyone have a Boston Scientific SCS Precision Plus testimonial?