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Paddle in cervical spine

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
Hi everyone,
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.


  • I hope it isn't too rare! I'm having the SCS permanently implanted on Friday (the 13th!) and will have the paddle placed in my cervical region. She will enter at C1 and the paddle will be providing stimulation in the C5-C7 area.
    Actually, my neurosurgeon has performed this procedure many times. She did say that I will have to be very careful about movement in the early weeks after the surgery for it to have an opportunity to scar in properly.
    Good luck to you!
  • I don't think it is as rare as I was led to believe. We found a neurosurgeon who has implanted many in the cervical region. Best of luck to you tomorrow! Post back and let us know how you are doing. We'll do the same.
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