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S.C.S.

j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:34 AM in Chronic Pain
I'm considering having my Ans S.C.S. removed. But I'm also considering the possibility of lead replacement with the lamitrode tripole 16c. The typical leads used really don't cover low back. Which is where I need the stimulation.
The information I have, is that the 3-column configuration permits use of tripolar arrays, effectively confining the stimulation to the desired area, therefor supposedly allowing the stimulation to be precisely targeted to the desired area. and confined to that area. There are 16 settings that can be programed Independently or combined to stimulate more than one area.
What I'm wondering Is, Has anyone had these implanted and what is your opinion of them. Or has anyone heard of them or test results. Or have any additional info. on them.
They are somewhat new and I'm sure also costly. And I doubt if insurance will cover the cost.
I sure would appreciate any kind of feed back, good, bad or ugly!
Thanks, Jim
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You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
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  • I don't have an ANS implant, but I do have a tripolar lead (Medtronic Specify 5-6-5) implanted at T7/T8 and have had no problems whatsoever getting coverage of my lower back pain.

    I've got links to several studies looking at tripolar stimulation and low back pain, from before I got my implant.. I'll see if I can dig them out...
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    Hi BionicWoman,
    Thanks, much appreciated! I think ANS got FDA approval for these in Feb. 07. I got mine done in 06
    Thanks, Jim ~X(
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
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  • It seems most of my article links are dead, but here are two that I was able to find active links to -

    http://www.painphysicianjournal.com/2008/may/2008;11;333-338.pdf

    http://doc.utwente.nl/17372/1/00656984.pdf

    I'll see if I can find links to the full text of the rest and post them too. If not, I'll just post the citation and abstracts.
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