I had posted my experience in another thread but somehow it appears that it was deleted. Here is another recap which I hope will help some of those waiting for the SCS implant.
My surgery was scheduled for 4:30pm last Thursday. I arrived at 2:45 and they took me down to preanthesesia around 4:15 pm. After a while I met the anthesesiologist and then my Dr. and Boston Scientific programmer. I was glad to see that it was my same programmer that I had during the trial. I discussed my concerns about pain management after the procedure w/ my Dr. and he wrote a script for opana. We also discussed the placement of the IPG. He said that he usually placed it above the belt line but left the option up to me regarding which side and whether he would place it on my side or back area close to the side. Since I am right handed and sometimes sleep on my side we decided for him to place it on my right side of my back. He then marked the area with a pen.
They then took me off to surgery. I remember a little bit about them asking me where I was feeling the vibrating but that it about it. The next thing I remember was waking up in recovery. So for me the permanent implant surgery was much easier than the trial placement. When I woke up they told me that everything went great. My BS rep also introduced me to another BS rep who had been present during the surgery. She started to program the stimulation but I was still pretty out of it so she just did a couple of programs. They also went through charging the battery, etc.
I ended up being discharged around 8:30pm at which time I felt ready to go home. Unfortunately we had to stop at the pharmacy to pick up my opana and the antibiotic. I would recommend to anyone else if you can get your meds prior to the surgery to do so.
That night I had a really hard time getting comfortable to sleep because of the incision pain. The next day I was really enjoying having the stimulation back, but the incision pain was still pretty bad. I ended up calling my Dr. who had me come back in and he uped the opana while taking the norco in between and he also put me on a muscle relaxer. The new meds definately helped and I was able to get more sleep the next night.
Now every day has been getting a little bit better. Yesterday I was able to get out a little while which felt great. Overall, the surgery and recovery has been a lot easier than the fusion. I can see where it is going to be hard to stick to the no BLT restrictions for 6 weeks because I will probably feel like doing more prior to then. But, I don't want to pull out the leads, etc so I am going to do my best to keep to the restrictions. Overall I am glad that I had the surgery and I think the stim will really help once I meet with my programmer again this coming Friday and we have a chance to fine tune things more.
If anyone has any questions regarding my procedure please ask away.