Good morning, all. I have finally approved for the permanent SCS implant surgery scheduled for next week. My initial scheduling appointment was very short and the surgeon, I could tell, was busy. Had to "stop" him from leaving the room to get a few questions answered, but didn't really feel I had everything answered, so thought I'd look for a forum that had some people with experience on this and found you all. A lot of good info throughout and I will continue to "peruse" the board for additional info, but some questions I had are below...anyone willing to share their experience would be greatly appreciated. BTW, my implant will be on the upper buttocks area and will have a laminectomy (sp??) with the leads permanently "screwed" in, whatever that means?!?!
Surgeon said should be outpatient, but may be in-patient depending on how I feel (pain) or if their are any complications. I hate to put my family out by staying overnight, so wondering how bad is the intial pain really? Can the pain adequately be covered by oral meds? Do any of you recommend one way or the other? Which part hurt worse, the implant area or the spine area where the leads are attached?
I'll be out two to three weeks form work, but where I work, I'm on the second story and there is no elevator. How soon will I be able to climb stairs?
The trial, albeit succesful, was not perfect. I got about 60-70% coverage, but really couldn't stand to have it on for more than 3-4 hours, then needed to take a break for a couple hours. Does one eventually get more "used" to the feeling where it can be tolerated for longer periods of time?
And most importantly, I am in the military. I definitely wish to continue service and have let that be well known throughout this whole process. There are no instructions, directives, etc., that govern this type of implant and what it means for continued service. I requested not to have any type of medical board and my PCM agreed, but I will have some limitations. Anyone here in the service that can talk to this at all? How did it effect you?
Thank you all that read this for considering my questions. Any and all input will be greatly appreciated. I will come back when all said and done and provide a "lessons learned" for anyone interested.