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Spinal Cord Stimulator Removal

I am on worker's comp and have been hurt since 5/21/2011. I have had steriod injections,numerous physical therapy sessions, microdiscetomy, spinal cord fusion of the L-5,S-1 and the spinal cord stimulator. I had the SCS put in on 2/26/2013 but the moment it was placed permantly it has been shocking my ribs and stomach. I have had it reprogrammed 8 times but no one could not get it from shocking me. So I had an X-ray, CT scan and they said it hadn't moved and was placed perfectly. But one of the reps from Medtronics told me that being reprogrammed so many times that it would be best for me to have it removed. The rep said it could be placed wrong or the wires are too close to other nerves. So I asked for it to be taken out and was denied surgery from worker's comp on a spinal cord stimulator that didn't work properly. They finally said yes to the surgery and I have it on 10/22/2013. But I am wondering if anyone has had it removed, how long did you stay in the hospital, was the doctor able to remove all of the SCS and how long did it take you to feel like moving around? I thank you in advance for any info you can provide on this matter...
Deshanna M Washington


  • BotzBotz Central FloridaPosts: 223
    edited 10/10/2013 - 2:19 PM
    I had mine removed for the same reasons. My scs was completely removed during a spinal decompression surgery. If the removal was the only procedure I could give you a better idea. I had complications from the decompression and was in the hospital 5 days. I would venture to guess you should be in and out and up and around pretty quickly. How did you do when you had the scs implanted? The surgery should be simpler then when you had it implanted.
    Good luck and I hope all goes easy for you.
  • Mrsjdub
    Hi sorry it didn't work for you. It sounds like the leads are places wrong. They have the general areas to place them but it doesn't work the same for all of us.
    Has far has the removal what leads did they use perc or a paddle
    Perc leads should remove easy and quick a paddle will take more work unless they leave the leads and just take the unit out.
    What about waiting for awhile and just leave it off. I know mine was up into the ribs and chest which is a bad feeling but reprogramming took care of it.
    Have you had more then one programmer work on you?

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