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How safe is SCS?

My doctor has offered to implant an SCS. I want to do plenty of research before making a decision. According to this research study, one patient was paralyzed from the waist down after getting an SCS and another died. Many lesser complications are cited in the same study, although the study concludes that neurological damage is rare. Is SCS worth the risk?

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  • chadscs

    welcome to spine-health

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    spinal cord stimulators are generally considerded  safe and can be very effective, i had one for several years, and for the most part got relief from it, i had to get it removed after i had fusion surgery, it stopped working, so it was removed during another surgery.

    i think a lot of the success comes from the doctor and company rep. that does the programming after the surgery, i have read here where many members have trouble getting in touch with their rep. when they need something, so that would be one of my concerns if you decide to go forward.

    i had no problems with mine and did get relief, i think the main problem is infection after the surgery, and for some patients they really do not get any relief, you are doing the right thing by doing your research.

    if you will go to the top right of your screen to the search box and type in scs, there are many articles and discussions.

    chip 

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


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