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Problems? Pros/Cons?

outofcontrolooutofcontrol Posts: 264
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
I have been talking to my PM doctor about this and he told me to keep in mind that a SCS comes with its own set of problems.
Who has had problems, what kind of problems have you had, and do you feel that the benefits outweigh the problems?
I appreciate your advice and input.


  • There are numerous issues and difficulties with an SCS and I don't really know anyone who has not had to deal with "something" in relation to their SCS.

    I have had to undergo 2 revision surgeries to fix mine after having had it for a year. I tore the anchors loose that hold the lead wires in place adjacent to where the leads enter into the epidural space of the spine. I lost my strain relief loops that allow tension relief with head or body movement and nearly had the anchors erode through my skin. Then within a few days of that surgery, I had to undergo another surgery to reattach and secure one of the wires coming out of my generator/battery.

    I have to take an anti-inflammatory medication twice a day and also use Flector patches to reduce the inflammation that the "hardware" produces.

    Reprogramming, recharging and consideration of activity to avoid implant damage is a daily and moment to moment concern. Additional surgery to replace my battery in a few years is a definitive and of course any other necessary repairs if I am to have some sort of lead or IPG (generator/battery) failure.

    There are many other "standard" problems and concerns with the SCS. Some are inability to have an MRI, infection, lead migration and impedance due to scar tissue development.

    Anyway, I hope this gives you a little more information.

  • Wow. I had no idea there could be that many problems.
    I appreciate your input.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    I see you have lumbar problems like me. Lumbar is the hardest to get stimulation to without getting unwanted stimulation somewhere else. But it can be done.
    My P.M. Dr. went with ANS-ST.Jude And I wish he'd have gone with Medtronic or Boston Scientific. Cause they seem to have better chances of success with the lumbar.
    I get minimal results with mine.
    Good Luck, Jim
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