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spinal stimulator

sst2029ssst2029 Posts: 7
edited 04/26/2014 - 9:46 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
Has anyone had a spinal stimulator for cervical pain. I had my trial and am having the permanent put in in less than 2 weeks. I was just wondering how painful it is and what to expect that day. The rep from St. Judes told me I would be there from morning surgery until 4. The Dr. doing the wiring told me the surgery itself would take an hour and a half but it took 2 hours for the trial. I have heard that the pain is really bad afterwards. Just trying to prepare myself.



  • I was out for the procedure, woken shortly to ensure placement was correct, then out again. Most of us scs peeps talk on the forum under "treatments" titled spinal cord stimulator. Good luck! I love mine!
  • The trial is not that painful, just some soreness. From my own personal experience, the actual implant surgery pain was hell. I have had five back surgeries before this and they didn't compare to the pain from the spinal cord stimulator. I would have another fusion any day compared to this SCS pain. I'm glad the battery is supposed to last nine years.
    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.
  • Thanks. That is what I have heard. Just got asked from hospital today when they called to confirm if I was staying overnight. I told her I didn't know and asked her if I was. She said the doctor reserved a bed for me. I then asked her how I would know if I was staying over and she told me it depended on how I felt. I have a 45 minute ride home from hospital. I will be on pain meds. How am I going to know how I am going to feel later. Any suggestions on staying over or going home?
  • Hi
    Just a guess but I would think your doctor will make the choice after surgery and how well you handle the surgery and what time you get out of recovery. Make dang sure you have pain meds to use at home. SCS done with a paddle is one often hardest surgery's to get over pain wise for the first five days and then it does get easier.
    I see no advantage of staying in the hospital for a night.
    I have two units implanted both with a paddle. Paddles require laminectomys which make them harder to get over vs perc leads like your test leads.
    Good Luck Hope it helps you
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