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Unread 01-09-2013, 01:55 AM   #1
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Good evening everyone!

I have great news to share today with the group. I received approval for my SCS today and I am scheduled for my permanent SCS inplant on Jan 17th. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers that the SCS is a sucess! Do you have any words of wisdom to help prepare myself for a sucessful sugery?

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Wishing you all the best. Really hope it works for you.
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dear scs candidate

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may your surgery
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Good evening everyone!

I have great news to share today with the group. I received approval for my SCS today and I am scheduled for my permanent SCS inplant on Jan 17th. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers that the SCS is a sucess! Do you have any words of wisdom to help prepare myself for a sucessful sugery?



Hi and congratulations on your approval for the SCS. I take it you had the trial and you were happy with that, which is great. You will be delighted with the permanent implant then.

As regards the surgery, well just make sure that you listen to what your Dr and Reps tell you. After the op you will have to take it easy for at least 6 weeks, well thats what I was told. I couldnt shower for a number of weeks, well until all my stitiches were out. You have to be careful not to bend, or stretch up over you head in case you move the leads etc. Its a case of taking it easy so that the leads/paddles can scar into place and not move around. It is annoying when you are restricted in what you can do but worth it in the long run,....believe me. I have mine now just over 2 years and I wouldnt be without it.

Where are you having the implant, is it a back/neck/leg issue....whatever it is I really wish you the very best of luck on the 17th

Take care

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Hi and congratulations on your approval for the SCS. I take it you had the trial and you were happy with that, which is great. You will be delighted with the permanent implant then.

As regards the surgery, well just make sure that you listen to what your Dr and Reps tell you. After the op you will have to take it easy for at least 6 weeks, well thats what I was told. I couldnt shower for a number of weeks, well until all my stitiches were out. You have to be careful not to bend, or stretch up over you head in case you move the leads etc. Its a case of taking it easy so that the leads/paddles can scar into place and not move around. It is annoying when you are restricted in what you can do but worth it in the long run,....believe me. I have mine now just over 2 years and I wouldnt be without it.

Where are you having the implant, is it a back/neck/leg issue....whatever it is I really wish you the very best of luck on the 17thTake care
Jackie

Thank you for the advice and prayer. My SCS trial went really well. I will miss my daily showers but, in the long run I am sure it will be worth it. I have CRPS in my left hand, arm, shoulder, neck and in my right neck area and right shoulder now. I currently have limited movement in my left arm.

The stimulator will be placed in my back and program to cover both arms and my neck area. I will be receiving a Medtronic RestorUltra unit.

Is there any who has the same time of unit who can share their experience with me or who has had a SCS for CRPS in the arms/shoulders/neck areas then received a SCS who can share their experiences with me?

Thanks again for all your shared experiences. Without forums like this people like me would be lost
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I had mine implanted two weeks ago and it has removed ALL of the neuropathy that I have lived with for decades. You have been given great advice. Follow it!!!!

I don't know at what point they will turn you on and then teach you how to recharge your buzzer. Initially, it could be a tedious process and slow going due to the fact that the devices have a hard time communicating through the surgical swelling. Be patient. It's not you. As the swelling goes down, the communication improves and the charging goes much faster. That's my little addition.

Best wishes and prayers for you and the doctor. I hope your results are as amazing as mine.

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Hello everyone! I am new to the group as I just found it on the web. About to have spinal cord stimulator trial and I have so many hopes for this to work I will do anything to make thebtrial a success! I have been in pain sooooo long and when my pain mgt dr suggested the stimulator I was very sceptical. But now I can't wait for this trial. Could be as soon as Jan 14th! Am I crazy to want this so much?
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Hello everyone! I am new to the group as I just found it on the web. About to have spinal cord stimulator trial and I have so many hopes for this to work I will do anything to make thebtrial a success! I have been in pain sooooo long and when my pain mgt dr suggested the stimulator I was very sceptical. But now I can't wait for this trial. Could be as soon as Jan 14th! Am I crazy to want this so much?
Crazy with pain....that is what led me to my SCS..
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Good evening everyone!

I have great news to share today with the group. I received approval for my SCS today and I am scheduled for my permanent SCS inplant on Jan 17th. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers that the SCS is a sucess! Do you have any words of wisdom to help prepare myself for a sucessful sugery?

Oh I did not fine thig group until after my SCS implant...and yes I was lost.

I have the Medtronic Adaptive Stim....implanted 3/2012 for chronic pain L4-L5 9auto accident).

My input would be that you have someone with you for a week if possible...give yourself extra time to heal......six weeks is my feeling; have extra or stronger meds on hand; plan ahead for your food and nutrition...rest...BLAST...understand it is a painful recovery.

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It's great to have you!

ONE WEEK away! How exciting
Me too, Medtronic, but mine is for lower extremity RSD/neuropathy. I'm very happy with it! The soothing sensation of the stimulation is a WONDERFUL tradeoff for the horrible burning pain.

Like Johanna mentions, it can't be stressed enough how important it is to follow the post-op restrictions. The BLAST rule (no bending, lifting, stretching or twisting) is like the 11th commandment around these parts
Take it from me - I was thrilled with how well I felt and figured somehow that I was 'beyond' the rules and was pitching HAY to my horses too soon.
Yep, I was back in the OR with a migrated lead.

Are you getting percutaneous leads or the paddle leads? Alot of times the paddles are inserted by doing the Laminectomy surgery, which is more involved, but you'll have aLOT less chance of leads migrating since the paddles are alot more secure.

I'm very excited for you and hope you stick around to let us know how it goes!

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