SCS and age


 
Posted by tatterdema (0 posts)
Nov 13, 2013 9:26 PM

I have read many stories of younger people having a SCS done, but what is the oldest patient here, and how has it worked for them? Seeking stories before allowing procedure on my 83 year old mother.

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Posted by ggerbrandt (142 posts)
Nov 13, 2013 11:02 PM

I am 77 this Friday, and I have had the SCS since 2008. It has been a blessing! Click on my user name and this allows you to read my story. Gary

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Posted by heintzer (1 posts)
Aug 19, 2017 12:50 PM

Hello, My 85 year old mother is considering having scs. Did your mother try it? How did she do? I am concerned about whether or not the surgery will be too much for her.

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Posted by terrypooh (1 posts)
Oct 01, 2017 7:11 AM

I had the surgery last year at the age of 62. This was after 4 failed back surgeries to alleviate my chronic and severe sciatic nerve pain. Steroid injections were working, however, I was having to get them more frequently. I found the post surgical pain to be severe and had to stay overnight to get pain meds to help me. Just be prepared, as I was assured that I wouldn't have that much pain after surgery.

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Posted by LindaG (3 posts)
Feb 08, 2018 8:08 AM

I just had the SCS implanted Dec. 29th. I will be 72 in 2 more weeks. So far it has been great. I am getting about 95% coverage.

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Posted by jerilynd (2 posts)
May 14, 2018 4:51 AM

I am 71 and very active and worried about having an Scs as of all the things that can go wrong ..and each procedure I've had I got worse..last procedure was with Dr Monreal in Salem..it was a pulsed DRG radiofrequency..I was in more pain after that procedure (nerves cauterized).. don't recommend it so now I have burning pain in both legs and feet and take more pain meds Has anyone heard of Stimwave wireless Scs?.. stimwave.com

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Posted by jerilynd (2 posts)
May 14, 2018 4:59 AM

Also I've read that the scs battery warranty after a year goes away and it cost over $300 to replace out of pocket..any comments?

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Posted by Quicksilvr44 (3 posts)
Feb 07, 2019 12:48 AM

Re. Battery -- I had my SCS implanted 2006, I am just now getting the battery replaced (13 years later). I have been told that might set the record for Boston Sci. It really depends on your insurance. For me, my out of pocket maximum is $2,500 and I will hit that with this IPG replacement as the entire stimulator (minus) the leads come out for a brand new one. That will be about $50,000 and I am responsible for 15% or $2,500, whichever is lower. Also, since my original stimulator is so old, it comes with a new remote and charger too.

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Posted by Findingmoore (2 posts)
Apr 15, 2019 12:56 AM

I had my original implanted in 2005 and had a replacement in 2014, but only because I had 2 more wires added to help with a damaged shoulder I had after a car accident. I have the new remote also. The old one still worked but they replaced everything while they added the 2 new leads. I now have 4 wires total.

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