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When to Move Freely with Paddle Lead

Hello All,

I had my spinal cord stimulator installed six weeks ago.  I had it placed due to scarring after a discectomy at L5-S1 a year ago.  It was a Medtronics system with their new MRI compatible paddle lead.  The surgeon cut some bone in my thoracic area to get the lead in place.  It was placed in the T7-T8 area, which is good because I have been plagued with herniations from T2-T7.  It was a little rough in the beginning with the recovery but things have been going great and it is helping immensely with my lower back and leg pain.  I am hoping this continues.

My question is, at what point did you all feel comfortable moving around freely and have not worried about the leads moving or migrating on you?  I have been gradually increasing my movement but am always worried that one motion is going to get me and cause the lead to move.

Thanks for your thoughts in advance,



  • Ditto to everything he said.

    I'm, +1 week Medtronic MRI safe.

    Very interested in knowing when things are fully healed.
  • Hi.  I am new to this site, and discussion.  I have been reading various sites for weeks and looking for something relatively recent.  Some go back so many years, they are no longer relevant.  Hoping to hear/find some advice

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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,764

    This is an old discussion I will close it unless the member comes back and wants it re-open. Todd.Tolan  haven't revisited the forum for 8 months 


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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