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paddle leads?

brownecbbrownec Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
Well I found out I am going to have a neurosurgeon do a revision on my orginal leads and turn them into paddle leads. Can anyone tell me their experince with this surgery? I am 22 years old and have a SCS for neuropathy in my arms and legs caused by chemotherapy.


  • Hi, Sounds like you already know about the surgery if you already have it in,

    Changing out the leads to the flat padle leads is same as what you already had done just diferent type of leads replacing it,

    I had 2 trials with regular leads and it never worked like i needed it to work, They say the padle leads can be directed more to the area where pain is coming from and not have it going all over the place,

    I am looking of doing a 3 rd and last trial here soon to see how much beter those work,

    Good luck to you, hope you get beter releif with new type of leads,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • I've had the leads that are placed through a needle, not the ones where they drill through the bone. I am having it because my leads migrated. I am a full-time student and really would only have a week to recover before I needed to be in class. For the first surgery I only needed 6 days before I had to go to class and I made it, but I was very tired. What is the differnce in post-op recovery between the 2 surgeries?
  • I am finding the paddle lead surgery a little more to recover from. As i understand it, they don't actually do a lamenectomy to place it but you do get a chip of bone removed to place the paddle electrodes. Pluses are - the paddle leads are anchored and not as likely to migrate.
    Turn the unit "volume" all the way DOWN before surgery. Don't want to get a jolt when you turn it back on.
    I can't offer a good comparison as I am a bit older than 22. Also had some issues with the previous attempt (other doctors left "additional" prize inside me with the pulse generator, which caused major infection.)
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