Well, had the procedure to replace the right lead last wednesday. Overall the procedure went great, I did have to have the repeat laminectomy at T11-12 to insert the lead (that was the same level as the procedure 6 weeks ago), as well as a laminectomy at T10-11 in order to better position the lead. Stimulation is GREAT, perfect positioning.
However, nothing can be simple..... Monday I started to have some shooting pain into the right side of my rib cage when out for my walks. This got MUCH worse over the next few days, and is now at the point where it is almost difficult to breathe and I am on really large doses of percocet, pretty out of things, just to be able to breathe ok.
I had x-rays yesterday, leads are in place and all looks good as well as a CT to rule out a pulmonary embolis that would be causing rib pain/pain to breathe, which was negative.
At this point my surgeon is planning to start me on a dose pack on monday, he wants the incision to heal more first, assuming it is just inflammation causing intercostal neuritis. Has anyone experienced this complication? My surgeon has been implanting these for 9 years and said I am the first patient he has seen with this (of course!!)....
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks!!