So I have read... Mmmm...Probably close to, if not more than, 100 of these threads and it's finally my turn to post!
I am in an unexpected "crunch time" when deciding on the scs as my deductibles are met and I learned Regence won't be offering individual plans in my area next year. My doctors have presented the idea of the Boston Scientific or the Nevro HF10. I have heard lots about the Nevro but not so much about the Boston Scientific. Like many of you, I have read and read and read! I am hoping to proceed with the trial but have so many questions! Any help is much appreciated!
1. What is the *actual* average battery life?
2. Anyone know the statistics as far as likelihood of infections, lead movement, etc?
3. Paddle leads vs. the straight ones? (I can't think of the name) who decides that and how?
4. What is the difference between the dorsal root ganglion implant and the scs?
5. Since the scs is designed to mask your pain, would you know if you actually hurt yourself?
6. Does the weather (i.e. extreme hot or cold) affect it?
7. Does insurance typically cover revision surgeries and battery replacements?
Back story: I was in a car accident in 2014, did all the traditional therapies, medications, injections, etc. Had an L4-S1 ALIF in 2016 that almost killed me and have never recovered. I can barely walk, sit, sleep, etc. I have done every therapy, medication, etc. I am told I need a bilateral SI joint fusion due to bilateral sacriolitis and being hypermobile. Insurance won't cover it and half the doctors I have seen don't think it's the answer so I am opting not to have it done at this time. On the same note, I am only 30 and haven't been back to work or life in a year and a half now so I am desperate to get back to the world, as I am sure many of you can relate. I am told this is my last hope so I am a nervous wreck, yet, I think it may be worth trying...
Also, in addition to opinions, advice, etc. any pointers as to where to look or how to find more info/statistical info would be lovely!
Thanks in advance!