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Going back to work after SCS implant

I am wondering how soon anybody with SCS went back to work, after your implant surgery? My surgery is on Feb 18th and I may have to go back to work in the beginning of March. I'm a respiratory therapist, so I would not be doing any over head lifting. I wouldn't have to lift patients. There is just a lot of walking. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.


  • I took it easy but I went back to work pretty quickly. Lifitng and reaching above your head is a nono. twisting and bending are nonos. There will be some pain but its worth it.
    The hardest part for me was NOT turning the SCS on for 10 days. I so wanted the relief I knew was there and I describe it as postpartum depression of going in to have a baby and coming out of the hospital without one. Just the pain of childbirth and no baby to show for it!.
    However, it was worth it to be patient and make sensible short term decisions for the long term success.
    Walking was no problem for me. Matter of fact, they hardest part was staying cognizant of my limitations because after the first week of pain it was really not bad.
    Goood luck and keep us posted.
  • TerriPTTerriP Posts: 303
    edited 02/04/2014 - 6:30 AM
    Kathy wrote the most comprehensive journal of her recovery what she did too soon, what to do and what not to. Too early is biggest mistake. With paddle 2-3 weeks with leads only 10 days to 2 weeks
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