01-31-2008, 01:26 AM
Hello everyone, I am wondering if those of you who have had the spine stimulator implanted, if you could answer a few questions.
1. During the trial procedure...what was the pain level like and how long did it last (aprx.)
2. For both the trial and the real implant procedure: what was the recovery period like and how long before you got back to what you were doing, prior to surgery?
Any info. would be helpful, I need to know if I am going to need help after the implant also how much time I will need to take off of work.
Thank you all.
Spine Stimulator's are used to help with Nerves, some Pain issues, and healing. All of which there is no real time one could put on such issue. It is known, that they could help the healing in many cases. Never to say the least, it doesn't always mean pain decrease for the time right now. You just need to give them time is all, then wait and see the results.
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Ifoster21, as far as the trial period. ( My injury is L5-S1, with S1 nerve damage to the left leg. ). It was supposed to last 10 days. I had to incesions in the middle of the back. that is where the wires were put in. I had a few stiches on my left side. Those stiches were used to hold the external wires and connection block in place. I was able to do everything I did before except bath the way I was use to. You will need to keep the bandages ( middle back and left side ) dry. I also wore sweats during the trial period.
When I had the permenate one implanted, The bathing issue is still the same. You can not bend. The reason for that is because the skin on the inside needs to heal around the implant. I recall a few times when I bent over and felt the skin pull away from the implant. I no longer have that issue.
As far as the pain issue on the trial and the permanent. It was minimal. The issue I had with the trial was 1) the external wires. You may need to have some bandaids or tape to hold them in place if they are to long. 2) I had an allergic reaction to the dandages that the dr used. So I was replacing them daily. The problem with that was one night one of the wires came out. So I removed the other and cut the stiches so I could remove everything. When I went back to my dr. for the removale. The look on his face was priceless. LOL.
The trial was an outpatient procedure that took about 2 1/2 hours. You will need a driver. The permanet was an overnight stay in the hospital. I was up and walking around about 4 hours after I woke up. The only reason they kept me over night was for a second antibiotic IV. I received that the next morning and after the release paperwork was done I left.
8-05, Micro laminectomy/disectomy. 10-05 lumbar fusion L5-S1. 2-07 exploritory surgery. 12-07 medical implant, Spinal Cord Stimulator. now receiving SSDI. After going back to school, I received my degree as a mechanical engineer. What can I say, it was the only way I had to beat the system.