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Getting my permanent SCS on Monday, Nov. 27 after Thanksgiving

Hello everyone,

I saw my surgeon on Thursday and getting my permanent SCS on Monday, 11/27 after Thanksgiving. St. Jude rep was also there for my appointment.  It will be four weeks until Christmas for healing.  I have a lot to do before that, me and Norco, put up tree, decorations, wrapping, I have 95% of my shopping done, baking and freezing food and desserts, etc. "J" is right behind me helping me with everything also.  Then I can relax and heal for the four weeks.  Both Surgeon and rep agree that I should be fine by Christmas.  I may still have some restrictions, but I get a lot of help from my daughter and daughter in law in kitchen area.  The trial went great, better than I hoped for, surgeon said I should do  just fine.  Here's hoping for a pain free 2018!!



  • Good luck Jenny. I'm 4 weeks post-implant right now. The biggest challenge for me at this stage is remembering that I still have restrictions so I need to limit my activities.

  • What limitations do you have to follow at 4 weeks Vince?  The only thing that concerns me about Christmas is 15 to 20 people over, mostly family, my kids grandchildren, etc.  If I have all the "holiday work" done before the implant procedure, I figure I can relax and heal for the four weeks.  My family is pretty understanding and helpful.  I just don't want to get carried away with the day and forget I still have limitations.  I hope I'm making the right decision to have Christmas and don't regret it.

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  • jimandjrjimandjr Dallas TXPosts: 745

    Jenny, I went through the same thing last year. I was scheduled for perm install right after Thanksgiving. An opening came up 2 weeks before Thanksgiving and I jumped on the chance. I was healing during Thanksgiving instead of being with family but that was ok. I was happy to get it sooner. 4 weeks post op was huge for me. It was the mark where pain was much better than ever during the whole 4 weeks. GLTU 

  • Jenny the restrictions I have at 4 weeks are a continuation of the "no excessive bending, twisting, stretching, raising my hands above my head or lifting more than 5 or 10 pounds". I feel like this is conservative, but this is what my doctor told me at my 4 week follow up appointment. I've seen recovery instructions online from other practitioners that allow for a gradual increase in lifting over time (e.g., 20 pounds at 4 weeks), but I'll stick to what I've told.  At this point another few weeks of restrictions isn't that big of a deal.

  • Best wishes for you and your procedure! Great job getting everything prepped and ready for your homecoming too.  I am NOWHERE near that organized.  Let us know how you do!

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