I am getting my permanent SCS placed on Wednesday (May 11).
Both my PM doctor, and my neurosurgeon are telling me that I will have to stay a night or two for pain control...I thought this was an outpatient procedure, they think I will have too much pain to go home that day. Just how painful is this gonna be?!? I'm having the pulse generator placed in my abdomen and the 20 electrode paddle lead placed via laminectomy around T8-T10. I am a nurse, at the hospital where I'm having surgery, I really don't know why I am so scared about this procedure...even more so than my original fusion surgery. I have my pre-op appt with my neurosurgeon this afternoon, then my pre-admit, labs, EKG later today.
I think part of the anxiety is knowing that they are going to wake me up during surgery, I need to ask what type of anesthesia they will use...if I have to talk, it won't be a general with ET tube like last time.
I have been on pain meds daily for almost two years. I take Norco 10/325 four times a day, just got switched to Zanaflex yesterday from Flexeril, 2400mg of Neurontin, Vistaril three times a day. They have not asked me to decrease my pain meds before surgery, as a matter of fact, my PM doc yesterday told me to keep taking them the way I have been.
So, all this rambling boils down to...
How painful will this be
How long does the surgery usually take
How long did you have to stay for the implant surgery
Anethesia, what did they do for you?
I'm off work for three weeks, is that enough?
The trial worked really well for me, I am hopeful that this will be the answer for me, nothing else has worked for my pain so far. A pain pump is not an option as I am an RN and I cannot use ANY narcotics while working...
Thanks for any input you may have
Yes, I am beyond being a nervous Nelly.