I don't know too much about SCS, but has anyone ever used it long term to postpone having a major surgery? I know it is often used to treat pain after a failed surgery or pain that is not surgical. I have had 3 microdiscectomies in the past 5 years and my surgeon said that we will have to consider doing a fusion or disc replacement if I return with a herniated disc that can't be successfully treated conservatively. I just found out I have reherniated a disc.
I am thinking ahead, but wondering if injections don't help and need pain relief, but don't want to have surgery yet if SCS would be an option.
I understand I will end up with surgery at some point, but seeing that I am just shy of 25 years old I have concerns about herniating other discs above a fusion or wearing out an artificial disc later in life if I have to procedure done in the next few years. Maybe SCS could control my pain and allow me to put off surgery until I am older so I am less likely to injure myself, more research has been done on artificial discs and their longevity, etc.
All thoughts welcome. I will of course talk to my pain management doctor and neurosurgeon about it.
25 years old: Herniated L4-L5, L5-S1 December 2008. L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2010. L5-S1 microdiscectomy March 2012. Redo L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2013. Redo microdiscectomy Oct 2015.