Welcome to the SCS world!
You're sure to get great input and support here.
I'm so sorry you also are dealing with this VERY frustrating CRPS...I have my own explanation for what CRPS stands for, but it wouldn't pass the censor for beans
You and doc can negotiate where to do the battery placement. Each person is unique and some things work well for others. If there is a medical reason that might hinder the placement in front, then he'll discuss that with you, otherwise they try to cater to your preferences.
The washing of hair has always been a concern to most of us and you'll get good feedback with several ideas. It's always good to have someone help with this at first. It's amazing what the human mind can come up with in terms of personal hygiene
Surely your Dr will send you home with ample pain meds - for the surgical pain especially and hopefully he'll continue to supply you with your regular regime of meds to have on hand for the CRPS and breakthru pain.
While getting the implant, alot of times they'll put you into the 'twilight daze'....I did well with this and was able to communicate with the surgeon. If I would begin to feel any pain while he was working on the incision, I'd say 'ouuuuch' and he immediately shot more local in the area. It's amazing how the anesthesiologist 'knows' when to turn up the gas to put us out more and when to turn down so that we can be aware of what's happening. It's of paramount importance to be able to communicate to the Dr and the SCS Rep when they turn on the buzz and ask you if you are feeling it in the right place.
Now, this is only 'my' point of view and how it happened for me. Others will have different tales.
It all turns out ok and you'll do fine and get through it. They do a pretty good job of keeping you comfortable.
I have a dual diagnosis of Peripheral Neuropathy and CRPS in lower extremities. I LOVE what the SCS does for me. The soothing 'buzzzz' is absolutely wonderful compared to the horrible unrelenting burning pain.
It's great to have you here! Stick around and let us know how this unfolds for you. It's quite a process and I'm sure you'll have lots of questions. We'll be 'with' you all along!