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Activities Post Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant

SambotSSambot Posts: 2
edited 04/19/2014 - 12:56 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
Hi everyone,

I've been really curious as to how active I might be now that I've had the implant surgery, although it was only two weeks ago. I haven't been given any specific information from my surgeon. I used to be very active, and I'd love to be able to claw at least some of my former lifestyle back. I've done some research, and have published a list of do's and don'ts on my blog, which I discovered on, and adapted from, a UK hospital website.


It does not cover everything, although I recognise that common sense should prevail. Can anyone confirm if using an elliptical trainer, and/or swimming are ok after the stimulator implant?

Thank you very much,



  • from my PM office, they tell me to go ahead and drive when I am ready, but turn the stim off while driving. Mine is for the lumbar, so there may be a difference. Your list sounds way more restrictive than what I was told. I know the first 6 weeks is for scar tissue to set in to reduce migration risk.

    Sorry to hear of your struggle.
    L4-L5 fused at birth (congenital malformity). L-5-S1 bulge/degeneration, L3-L4 bulge/degeneration. Permanent nerve damage L5-S1 and L3-L4. Fused C5-C7.
  • My scs is for my lower lumbar L-3,L-4,L-5,S-1 I was wondering what I'll be able to do after having my SCS I can't actually do much now my back is so painful I'm awake oat nights I'm very excited to hear I might be able to enjoy the pool in my yard with my little girl thx
  • I am 5 weeks post-op and I went in a pool and lake with my kids. They were glad to have me out there and feeling happy. I did take it easy though.
    L4-L5 fused at birth (congenital malformity). L-5-S1 bulge/degeneration, L3-L4 bulge/degeneration. Permanent nerve damage L5-S1 and L3-L4. Fused C5-C7.
  • I am hoping someone will post positive experiences. Mostly what I have read makes me frightened. I hope this works. The trial worked great, but I am hearing that is not necessary what will happen after surgery. I know that there will have to be many adjustments by the tech. I am just hoping that at the end of the rainbow, I will have amazing results without anything bad happening like them moving (I know I have to be very careful). I am very concerned about the battery. I am 4"10" and 118. I read that the battery burns, hurts, sticks out, etc. I'm 68 and afraid. I would love to hear something encouraging. Thanks
  • Phyliss,

    You'll be OK. I've had my stimulator for 5 1/2 years now. It manages about 50% of my pain. The battery doesn't burn. It does get a little warm sometimes when I charge but nothing uncomfortable. I have no restrictions, although I think my pain management doctor would like to apply some restrictions because I can't seem to sit still for any length of time. If not for the stimulator, my life would be horrible. I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease with secondary Dystonia last year. My stimulator makes my neuropathy the least of my worries.

    Try to relax.

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