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SCS Stimulator problems.

My wife had the scs installed Mar. 2013, 4 day later something went wrong, She could not talk, move her legs and had serve head ache, when you cut it off she's fine. I contacted the doctor and there not sure what was going on and the St Jude rep wasn't sure either, The doctor that put it in and I quote said, I was contracted to put it in I'm not sure whats going on, you need to see a neurologist. Well after that we changed doctors and after a disco gram test of L3/L4, she has a full thickness tear in L4. The new doctor says the scs needs to come out, will he just take out the battery and the wiring or the whole thing. Also are we responsible for paying for the scs once its removed.


  • RickilalasRRickilalas Posts: 559
    edited 10/10/2013 - 6:49 PM
    Get second.and third opinions before you do anything.
    I would say yes SCS was implanted so if you have it taken out you will still get stuck with paying for it. Medical is the only thing I see where we don't get refunds for stuff that doesn't work. My guess and a guess only is that if it worked for a few days then the new issues came up I think her leads migrated changing the coverage which could cause some of the issues your asking about.
    What level were her leads placed into the spinal.canal. Is it near the tear. Is there a chance the work to implant caused the issue with the disc or maybe it was a unknown issue that just flared up. So many questions get some help and soon.

    Good Luck
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  • The implant was installed at mid back, but the tear was all ready there.
  • RickilalasRRickilalas Posts: 559
    edited 10/11/2013 - 5:21 PM
    I was thinking the worse that maybe the implant might have caused the issue.
    Were they treating the tear before this or just waiting it out?
  • Rickilalas said:
    I was thinking the worse that maybe the implant might have caused the issue.
    Were they treating the tear before this or just waiting it out?
    The prevouis doctor didnt know there was a tear, they were treating her for syatica nerve damage. I took her to another doctor for a second oppion and he said she needed a disco-gram of l3/l4 and like a dumb a-- we went back to her prevouis doctor for the disco-gram and he refused saying insurance wouldnt pay for it. So we believed him and the did a millagram which didnt show anything wrong and thats when the scs was suggested. She was missed diagnosed the problem is a full thickness tear in her L4, we changed doctors back in June and he did the disco-gram. He wants to do a fusion of L4 to L5 and now the insurance company has denied surgery, they want her to try PH first before surgery.
  • Miley
    Sorry to hear they made the wrong DX but in helping another member on here get set up for a surgery to fixed a failed surgery we found out a lot of good information. We should get at least two unrelated opinions and then keep going until we find two that agree. Now I say that but it might not happen. She had five surgeons and had five different ideas to deal with her issues. She only need the levels that failed fusion redone but it was hard to get anyone to agree. Looking into surgerys that went bad we found the largest reason for failed spine surgery was the surgery was done at the wrong level. I that you have to be kidding me but that's what the FDAs site says any way. I was shocked that that could happen today with xray in the OR.
    We must be our own advocates today. I hope you get the right help. Keep looking.

    Good Luck
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