My fiance has a Medtronic SCS installed with percutaneous leads that worked great for about 2.5 years. The leads have migrated drastically and no longer work at all. So his doc has advised him to change out the equipment to a Boston Scientific device that has a paddle instead of two leads. The surgery requires a partial laminectomy to install the paddle.
My question is...the docs we've seen (one neurosurgeon, one orthopaedic) in Virginia have only installed these type paddles twice in the cervical area. Yep, that once each! They both said that the procedure is very rare in the cervical area. Has anyone out there had this done?
We're very nervous about having a "new" procedure done in such a sensitive area, and would like a more experienced doctor if there is one out there anywhere! Any suggestions would be appreciated.