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SCS revision

kateseekkatesee Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:43 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
Hi to all of you,

I'm new to this site but I hope someone may be able to give me some advice. I had an SCS implant in March 2009 to tackle intractable neuropathic leg pain. Wow - it worked brilliantly, but I've now developed scar tissue around the 16 electrodes in my back, and only 10 currently work. My pain management consultant is suggesting i get the 2 existing wires replaced with 1 plate that will be sutured directly onto my spinal dura. Anyone had this done?? If so are there any questions I should be thinking of asking when I see my new NS?? Thanks - K


  • Welcome to Spine Health. I have a cervical SCS with two percutaneous leads with a total of 16 electrodes. Knock on wood, they work great. I have however undergone 2 revisions at the one year mark post permanent implant. I tore the anchors loose and also had a wire come loose from my IPG. It has now been a year since I had those revisions done and I am not experiencing any problems.

    I wanted to give you some more accurate information in regards to placement of paddle aka surgical leads. They are not sutured to the dura, that would be a risky undertaking. The surgical leads are placed over the dura in the area that gives you proper coverage and then they are held in place with anchors which are sutured to the supraspinous ligament or deep fascia.

    There are several individuals here who have paddle leads and they are quite happy with the results and security of them.

    Best of luck to you.

  • I have two paddles (one for each leg) and I freakin' LOVE THEM. They are what I started with though, so I know nothing about revising from percutaneous leads to paddles.
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