Sorry to start a new thread, but I’m afraid my questions will just get buried if I ask them as a reply to one of the other threads. I’ve been gleaning tons of information about SCS from the hours I’ve spent reading these forums, but I haven’t read a lot about the SCS battery replacement surgery itself. I’m wondering if some of you could share your experiences with that?
Although the doctor and Medtronic rep tried to talk me into replacing my whole system (7 years old), for several reasons that I won’t go into here, I decided to just replace the battery for now. Since it’s been so long, my memory isn’t so great about how long I had the “pain in the butt”, and what, if any, restrictions there are afterward. Since all my original restrictions had to do with the whole SCS surgery, I don’t know if there are any with just the battery replacement.
Will I be able to drive, say, a day or two afterward? How long before you could shower? Can you turn the stim back on right away?
Also, for the surgery itself, do they just use local anesthesia, with maybe a little versed? How many hours do you have to fast before surgery? (I have a low blood sugar problem, and fasting is going to be very stressful for me)
Are you fairly numb for a few hours after surgery, or does it start hurting shortly after? I live 50 miles away from the surgery center on a winding mountain road, so if I need to lay down, I’ll ask my friend with a van to drive me, rather than just a car.
Okay, I guess that’s enough brain picking for you guys now. I want to be prepared, as you can see. I’d sure appreciate any experiences you can share with me!