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Detethering with SCS implant combined surgery

Is there anyone who had a combined spine surgery done same time as the implant surgery or who has weakness and difficulty walking prior to SCS implant and have their weakness improved after the implant surgery. I was scheduled to have my SCS reimplanted this month(it was initially implanted last year but got infected and had to explant..) unfortunately I have worsening lower limb weakness and had an MRI which confirms cord tethering, syringohydromyelia and lipomyelengocele. Now the neurosurgeon want to do detethering surgery alone and not put the implant same time. I was hoping to have it has combined surgery to avoid another surgery soon. My question really is if anyone have experience a situation where they have combined another surgery with their implant surgery , still deciding whether to push the Doc to have the surgery together.


  • RuthNavatoRuthNavato Posts: 1
    edited 07/02/2014 - 4:39 AM
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  • While it may be easier physically to have the surgeries combined into one, the detethering surgery should be done on it's own, to see what the outcome of that might be in regards to your symptoms before going ahead with implanting the device again.
    You don't really want to add anything into the area that is or could compromise the recovery from the detethering.
  • Thanks sandi considering that as the option
  • You are quite welcome. I hope that you get more relief from the detethering . Then you may not have to consider having the scs unit implanted after all. That would be great news if the detethering helped more of the symptoms and you didn't need to undergo another procedure.
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