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Scs option for those with prior surgery

I would like to know if spinal cord stimulator can be implanted in someone who has had previous spine surgery from their experiences. I had a T12 l1 laminectomy disectomy fusion with posterior hardware. Aldo had a l23 left hemi laminectomy. I know my level at t12 l1 is not too common. Can the leads still be placed in to provide pain relief in my legs calves and feet? After surgery I have constant nerve pain in those areas. I was told to look into scs. So please share your thoughts and experiences.


  • jacksjjacks Posts: 22
    edited 11/15/2015 - 9:07 AM
    Jerry I have had 4 surgeries 2 neck and 2 lumbar with lots of hardware and subsequently had a stimulator it is placed higher than the previous surgery so doesn't interfere with the scarring or the hardware.
    good luck on whatever happens
  • Thanks for responding. Does your scs help your pain? I have had burning achey pain in my feet and calves since surgery. I also get some Neuro pain in my left thigh. My pain is mainly on the left leg. I never had this pain prior to surgery. I'm hoping it goes away but it has been 4.5 months since fusion surgery. I'm also trying to determine if something is compressing my cord still. I find doctors don't want to deal with patients who had prior surgery. I'm trying to find one that specializes in failed back.

    What brand stim do you have. Is Boston scientific the best ? Where did you do your implant ? Did a neurosurgeon do the permanent impact It's good to know I may still be able to get one of these devices if I need it.

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