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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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?..

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?

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.

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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