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Neurostimulation Therapy Implant ANYONE?!?!?!

hope4leohhope4leo Posts: 199
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My NS wants me to try neurostimulation therapy. Has anyone tried this? If so, how has it worked for you? What was the procedure and recovery like?


  • If you type SCS into the search box on Spine Health, it will come back with a ton of information on those with or getting ready to try neurostimulation. It is more commonly referred to as Spinal Cord Stimulation. I have a permanent SCS and have had it for about 15 months. It has been a life saver for me.

    What type of pain are you dealing with that your doctor is recommending this for?

  • I just wasn't sure what it was. Now I know- Thank you so much haglandc.

    I am in severe pain- two herniated disc and DDD- I am 36- My NS said she wants to do this instead of a fusion. My L5 disc is completely gone- and the bone is inflamed. She has me on tons of meds however, I have 3 kids that need me so being doped up all day long IS NOT what I want or need at all.
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  • The SCS is not the same as the Pain Pump. Neurostimulation is all electrical and the Pain pump is what it sounds like, and internal pump with pain medication that is pumped directly into your thecal sac.

    Have you gotten any second opinions on your condition? Generally the SCS is a last ditch type of therapy when all else has failed. The SCS does not necessarily or normally allow a person to get away from all pain medications, it merely works in conjunction with them to provide better pain management.


  • one good thing about the electronic spinal stimulator is that you can get a trial up front to see how it will work for you.
    another good thing is that the surgery for an insert of the scs is not that difficult.
    it may be a good thing for you because you wouldnt be out of commission too long....here is a link to a company that supplies the scs to surgeons. you can even call some of their customers...
  • Thanks Pete!! Normally when I visit with my NS - my head is spinning listeing to all the big fancy words and procedures! LOL

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  • You might want to get a second opinion from another spinal specialist, perhaps an orthopedic spinal surgeon or another neurosurgeon. If you were a candidate for fusion, it might solve your problems and return you to a more active life, as opposed to treating you for pain...which will do nothing for the degeneration of your spine.
  • My Dr has suggested the Neurostimulation therapy and I am driving myself crazy looking for info online. I read something about not being able to have a MRI after the surgery and that worries me a little since I have been told another back surgery will probably be in my future. Has anyone run into this issue?
  • Spinal Fusion is not for the meek but it is for someone with serious back pain caused beind caused by eroding or friction in their spine when the pain can't be tolerated, you have tried all other conventional remedies, and a top notch spine surgeon with YEARS of experience is recommending it. My stint was four days in the hospital of which I remember approx. 15 minutes due to pain meds. I expected there to be a lot of meds as I was told the spinal fusion surgeries are the heaviest pain med patient in the hospital. They were right. I wanted to walk the day of surgery just to prove I could, so I did. I remember that and a little about my discharge. Then I had to go to a re-hab facility for a week since my wife wouldn't have been able to handle me by herself. Then you are out of commission for about a month, just limping around and haveing more therapy. Once I was home I pretty much dumped the pain meds prescribed to me since I could handle the pain without them. About 10% of fusions don't result in a bone grow (my surgeons figures) and smokers have a higher failure rate than non-smokers. About six weeks post op I could use the bathroom, shower, steps, etc. kind of like I could before surgery. I also had a bone growth stimulator in use for about 10 weeks or so until my surgeon saw good bone growth around the fusion site. A lot of bummer info here.

    The bright side, I was 70 when I had my fusion. If I were younger the surgery would be a no brainer in hindsite.and the payback in pain reduction is easily worth the pain incurred following surgery, and make no mistake, you are going to have pain and you will spend time on some pretty potent pain killers.. 3 months post op my pain was knocked ddown by at least 90 - 95 % and other than being stiff in the am upon waking and avoiding bending over I'm hitting the flea markets and golf course pretty much when I want.

    I had a surgeon who had done thousands of these and he really leveled with me about risk (mine was very low risk being in L4 and L5), pain, recovery time, and benefit.

    Just giving my experience and opinion. If you are a candidate for a fusion, get with your surgeon and get a second opinion, even a third maybe. IMO the surgery can give you a better pain free future, but make your own decisions as they may not all turn out as well as mine did.
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