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IPG Placement

Trouble8TTrouble8 Posts: 1
edited 02/06/2015 - 5:24 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
I am new to this forum and have been doing lots of research on Spinal cord Stimulator. I have my trial period next month. I was very pleased to read comments and information that waltf put up to read. It was invaluable thank you.
I am also considering the Boston Scientific.

I would really appreciate any input from anyone who has Spinal stimulator as to where you chose to have your IPG implanted, I really do not want to make mistake of deciding to put in wrong part of anatomy and then be regretful. Please any input and opinions would be greatly appreciated. Only suggestion Rep did state that if I had a preferential side I sleep on, it was best not to place it on that side.
My rep also told me that some ladies have put it in vicinity of where bra line is situated, I envisage that that could be uncomfortable as that is quite bony area where she was referring to.

If anyone can offer their experience I would sincerely appreciate it

Thank you so much and I empathsise with your pain


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  • waltfwwaltf Austin, TXPosts: 18

    Glad you found my post helpful.

    I cannot speak to the best placement for a woman, but for me, mine is in my left buttock, just below my belt-line (I sleep on my right side ever since I gave my wife my left kidney back in 2002).

    In general it does not bother me very much, but if I bump into something right where it is located it will hurt a little, but not for long.

    I would think that part of the consideration on where to place it will be the recharging - my unit has a battery/charger that slips into a velcro pocket on a belt which goes around my waist, holding the recharging battery in the right spot (mostly, if you do no move around too much).

    Maybe you could ask your PM doctor or SCS rep about seeing a (non-working) charging setup and trying it on over the spot(s) you are thinking about having the IPG implanted at. Remember that you are going to be recharging this IPG (on average) at least once a week, for a period of multiple hours, so it should be comfortable.
  • CascaCCasca Posts: 8
    edited 03/07/2015 - 2:33 PM
    I have mine in my abdomen. It's a little strange to have a hard spot discernible to the touch just under the skin, but it's not too bothersome. It makes for easy charging (easier for me to reach with the wand that has to go over the IPG to charge than if the IPG were somewhere along my back side). There is no pain or discomfort associated with having my IPG in this spot (apart from a little tightness with the scar tissue, but that will ease with time) and it's a very small, neat scar, so not too unsightly. There is another little scar (thumbnail width) on my flank where the leads are tethered beneath the skin, to keep them secure as they come round from my back. I didn't want something else implanted in my back as I have enough pain & discomfort there, and wanted the option to sleep on either side, or to lean back on any type of chair/seat/bench and not feel the IPG pressing into me. If you have any more questions about it, fire away!
  • Placed back belt line left side. Was told they would have to use an extension type cord to put in front and just more chances for trouble.
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