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Help with Trial Vs. Perm

moodlymoommoodlymoo Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
I am less than 24hrs into my trial and I love it. I have a few questions though.

The Dr showed me what the perm electrodes look like and they differ greatly from the single wire ones I currently have. The perm ones are a paddle with 16 little electrodes in them. Am I going to get better pain control from this type?

I saw somewhere here that someone had the perm battery/transmitter put in their abdomen, is there benefits to having this done?

I am having a lot of stim on my right side which is pain free always is there any way to prevent this with the paddle type electrodes? I like to feel normal on my right side since I dont have pain there lol



  • I am sorry But I can't answer your question about the leads.

    As for having the battery placed in your abdomen. That just may be a personal choice. There are no benefits, that I am aware of, for having the battery placed there.

    All Doctors place it in your upper hip area unless you ask them to place it someplace else and they agree to it. You can tell them which side of your hip you want it on. Left or right.

    I do know that when your rep programs your stimulator he/she will program it to cover just the painful area or areas.

    It is wonderful to hear that the stimulator is helping you.

    Cheers :H
    Patsy W
  • this was his choice. I think that having it placed in the abdomen actually means there will be less stress on the leads...rather than having the lead wire run all the way down from the thoracic region (for me anyway)to your hip, when they wrap the lead wire around to the abdomen (just below your last rib) it will cause less stress on the wire. I'm an RN and do a lot of lifting, bending, twisting and I think that is why he chose to place my IPG in my abd instead of my backside. I could be wrong, but that was my surgeon's explanation. The paddle lead I'm having put in has 20 electrodes, that will give me many options when it comes to programs.
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