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Is there any danger having too many IPG implants?

Hi Im new to this site, Im really glad I found it. I from Western Australia and currently have 3 IPG's and getting my 4th implanted in my coccyx in 4 days time. I had my 1st one implanted in 2009 in my lumbar spine with 4 sub cut leads. it took a bit of getting use to but once I did, I never looked back. My spine however continued to deteriorate and in 2012 I had 2 more systems put in, one thoracic & one upper thoracic/cervical. Im 45years old and 6 years ago I had a bulging disc and went in for a simple micro discectomy but things went terribly wrong. I had my spinal cord severed. The nerve to my left leg was cut and also bladder & bowel nerve damage. To cut a long story short I am walking, I have partial cauda equina syndrome which is poor bladder and bowel control but I manage ok. Ive had 18 operations to date. No. 19 in 4 days time. Im fused with plates and screws but I thank God for IPG's. I would be a dead set drug addict if it wasnt for these implants. Im really hoping this is my last operation so I can get back to the workforce. Has anyone out there got multple IPG's like me? Is there any known risk of having so many? Thanks for taking the time to read about me. If anyone is interested I will let you know how the coccyx implant goes. One of the entry points is the perinum so its not gonna be pretty. Wish me luck


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