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Rhizotomy and Spinal Cord Stimulator

Darrell ODDarrell O Posts: 14
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Pain Management
Scheduled for A Rhizotomy on Nov. 3rd and then a Spinal Cord Stimulator evaluation after that. Has there been someone here that has the Stimulator implanted, that can tell me if it works for them, and what I can expect with this implant?


  • I have the SCS and I am very happy to have it (actually I have two of them). If the rhizotomy works for you, then you might not need to go forward with the trial for the SCS. If the rhizotomy gives you long lasting relief it is a much less invasive way to get treated. However, I continue to have nerve blocks and rhizotomy procedures along with my implants. It is the combination of many things that keep me going. Please let me know if you have specific questions about the SCS trial or the permament implant surgery.

  • If you type SCS into the search box at the top of the page, you will find that there are 100's of posts discussing all aspects of spinal cord stimulators. There are several of us on Spine Health who have had them implanted after going through a battery of other treatments and surgeries over the years.

  • I guess my fear of having the SCS is that I have a fusion at C6 and C7 with a plate. When the PM doctors were discussing this option of a SCS there was some discussion regarding the implant between them, they left the room and came back stating that it would be Ok for the implant. Makes me wonder a little bit...
  • It probably depends on what lead they want to use.
    I have a precutaneous cervical lead that is threaded into my Thoracic spine area then runs up to the area you are referring to.

    There are many people who have an SCS after a fusion.

    If you run a search for SCS, you can get a lot more info.
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