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TENS machine?

Has anyone used a TENS unit after surgery and gotten relief? I just realized they sell them at the drugstore. When I first went to PT and was trying to get some serious pain under control, the techs used this on me. Any reasons it would be a bad idea after a surgical procedure? Thanks!


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,584
    The TENS units can be very helpful in providing temporary relief from painful areas. I've used them after surgeries with good success. They are not that expensive and are worth what they can do.

    I have had a number that were battery controlled. Those I really didnt like that much. The new one I have iis charged via usb port and it lasts a long time and is strong.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Thank you so much, that makes me feel much better! It's hard to know sometimes what's appropriate or not and I appreciate your response (especially because it's the one I wanted to hear!).
    Take care!
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  • I've heard about Pain Relief's handy cure laser, apparently its a device you can use at home to provide yourself with relief using laser therapy. Have you tried it? I heard that it can be quite good, too. I myself am gonna give it a try as it's been recommended to me several times now. I think it's good we're all taking steps for pain management and therapy after procedures, cant stay in the hospital forever after all. These should be a good new way to handle pain and provide relief. Best of luck!
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510
    I agree with Ron, I used mine a lot after surgery.  Mine also charged via USB and would hold the charge for weeks.  Look for one with reasonably priced replacement pads, usually available on web sites (the obvious sites...)


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • Hi Folks, I also use a TENS unit to help with the muscle spasms I get from the surgery I had. Its about the size of a cell phone and charges off a USB or wall charger. Runs about two hours and has multiple settings. I you get one make sure you can get replacement pads for it. I find that it reduces the amount of spasm to a more respectable level and shortens the length of time it lasts.  For me it doesn't prevent the spasm just sort of helps with it.  Was well worth the expense.
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  • I have one that my PM doctor ordered for me. It works fairly well but I have problems attaching the leads by myself. It does come with a belt that I have to try out. This one they soaked my car insurance for $1400, I've seen them for around $70 on Amazon.
    Diagnosis: Thoracic facet syndrome & cervical and thoracic radiculopathy from car accident trauma.
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