My appointment to get everything set up for my trial went well and I was able to get my questions answered, especially after having some helpful insights from everybody on the boards. One thing I got confused about though is the style of leads:
I thought that in people who have not had laminectomies they could not do paddle leads...I can't remember where I read that, but it looked to me like you had to have had some major back surgery with bone missing for them to be able to sew those big suckers in.
My PM doctor said they don't do percutaneous leads on anybody because there is such a high rate of lead migration. This stunned me because I thought I wasn't even a candidate for a paddle lead. He said the surgeons do a paddle lead that is sewn in so it won't move. I go to a multispecialty clinic so they have staff NS's to do the permanent implant. I can't imagine how in the world they are able to sew in big old paddle leads without a bone window or something...I got confused, and then I thought maybe my doctor and I were talking about 2 different things or maybe I was using the wrong terminology about the leads? I have no clue. I want to be able to clarify this with my PM doc when I go for the trial, so I was hoping you guys would know if that sounds right that they can do paddle leads in someone without a prior laminectomy?