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Any Medtronic employees here?
#1
Are there any Medtroinc employees on this board? I just have a question about spinal cord stims. Nothing about mine just some general questions.
 
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#2
Hi Manley2!

Apparently there are no Medtronics people here...but there ARE many people on the forum who are fimiliar with spinal cord stims....so ask away on a new post and I bet you'll get lots of info.

Take care, LillySmile
Injured worker, & tired of it all! I'm too old for games!!

A careless word may kindle strife, a cruel word may wreck a life, a timely word may level stress, and a loving word may heal and bless!
 
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#3
The only think I was wondering about was after they change settings on the unit they do a print out and give it to the doctor. I was wondering what it has on it. I can ask them the next time I see them but after they changed it this last time I got to thinking about it. Seems like it gets longer and longer.
 
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#4
Manley2 Wrote:The only think I was wondering about was after they change settings on the unit they do a print out and give it to the doctor. I was wondering what it has on it. I can ask them the next time I see them but after they changed it this last time I got to thinking about it. Seems like it gets longer and longer.

I have a SCS that print out they give the Dr. is a print out of which of 16 electrodes is actually activated and touching the spine and where.. I do believe.
Cervical Fusion 2003, c5-c6. Herniated and damaged Disc L1- L4-L5 S1. Lumbar Spinal Cord stimulator implant 09-2008. Cervical ACDF revision with hardware c4-c5-c6-c7 Sept 2009.
SSDI approved 3-2010. NOW OFFICIALY RETIRED
 
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#5
Was also wondering if heavy use means you would have to replace the unit more often then the 9 years they say the battery lasts.
 
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#6
I do not have a stimulator but know that when I did have a trial type one for my back a few years ago it use to tell the doctor how many times I used it and for how long per day. I do not know if this is the same thing that they are doing with this stimulator that you are using. It just kept records of how many treatments I did and at what level, how long etc.
carpal tunnel recurrence/ neuropathy / RSD.
1/29/07 injury date. Permanent. PIR settlement 8/4/08 10%
 
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#7
Manley2 Wrote:Was also wondering if heavy use means you would have to replace the unit more often then the 9 years they say the battery lasts.

Manley I was told by Medtronic Nurse. that to get the 9 yr life out of it, that you would need to not run it 24/7. I seldom turn mine off. I think I will be licky to get 6 yrs out of mine. I also let mine die (accidently). If that happens 3 times they it says they will have to replace it. Each time you let that happen it takes more of the 9 year life from it. I am now being more carefull to not let that happen. I try to charge evry couple days or so now. Manely do you have the new single lead or do you have a double lead on your unit? I have the new paddle lead on my unit, it has 16 electrodes on it. The double lead system has 8 electrodes on each lead. Hope this helps you in anyway.
Cervical Fusion 2003, c5-c6. Herniated and damaged Disc L1- L4-L5 S1. Lumbar Spinal Cord stimulator implant 09-2008. Cervical ACDF revision with hardware c4-c5-c6-c7 Sept 2009.
SSDI approved 3-2010. NOW OFFICIALY RETIRED
 
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#8
I have the two leads with 8 contacts each. I never let mine get too low on charger but do use it 24/7. I was charging about every two weeks but now that I have some new pain and they added a program. So now I'm charging every week.
My wife has one too, she has almost let hers die once or twice but it hasn't happened yet
 
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