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SCS procedure

hi I'm Ellie N I've been in pain for 15 yrs. I'm thinking of having the SCS done " spinal cord stimulation" I'd like some feed back from anyone who's had it done. 


  • JohnCoxJJohnCox Kernersville,NCPosts: 8
    Hey Ellie. I'm John. This is my FIRST post/Reply as I wanted to jump on and help you out. First, let me give you a little background. 2003, Ruptured T12-L1, 2009, RE-Ruptured T12-L1 and ruptured T11-T12. Had to have a fusion on T12-L1. Everything went fine. It bought me another year working in Law Enforcement. Then the pain got really bad, meds were titrated up until I had to retire on medical. Moving ahead. I had a Trial for a SCS about 2 years ago and it was great. The trial only consisted of one lead instead of two and the device I had I could switch from Low Freq. (Paresthesia) or High Freq. (No Paresthesia). I had GREAT results from High Freq. The problem was.....COST. My out of pocket was several thousand dollars. Moving ahead til now. I asked about any trials that were going on and just so happened, I came in on a 80K system that has just been approved in the US as of last April I think it was. My surgery is November 9th at noon. It's FREE. The only thing is, I've got no say in low freq or high freq for 7 months but after that, I can have them reprogram it to high. It was postponed a few weeks ago because the Sponsor was doing an upgrade and wanted me to wait so I'm getting a new, updated, WIRELESS system. It's general anesthesia and I will have a remote to control everything. Charges wirelessly. It's the Stim-Wave system if you want to look it up. May want to ask your doctor about it. Maybe there is a trial going on that you can get in on and it not cost you anything.
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