Going in for SCS revision

Posted by lkk (2 posts)
Aug 20, 2015 12:17 AM

Hello! I have had my SCS for 4 years and now it's time for a revision/upgrade....my lead has migrated and my battery is hitting my rib. I have a paddle lead and it was inserted at C2 and the battery was placed in lower right side. My original surgeon has left the area and my Boston rep changed departments. All is new again. I know how badly this needs to be done but I am exceptionally nervous! I am looking for support by way of experiences and encouragement. My surgery is scheduled for Sept 8, with an overnight stay. L

Posted by flygal (483 posts)
Aug 20, 2015 9:37 AM

I had a revision for one of my paddle leads in my lower spine. I was in a lot of pain before surgery due to lead problem, but absolutely no pain after. I did stay overnight just in case.
do you know who your new rep is? I would talk to them before surgery if possible just to say hi. Ask if he has worked with this surgeon in the past, although answer is probably no.
best of luck with your surgery

Posted by jinglepaws (220 posts)
Aug 21, 2015 12:04 AM

I've had my implant for 3 years next month. So far, so good. I hope not to have to undergo "tune up" surgery for several years. I know the internal battery warranty is 5 years. The longer w/o surgery , the better. I totally sympathize. I rountinely use the unit at a low signal intensity so I am hoping that will delay the battery replacement. My internal battery moved noticably within the last year changing the contact angle making charging a little more difficult but certainly nowhere as drastic as your migration. I hope your upcoming surgery goes well and is relatively painless. I would be interested in hearing from others who have had their SCS for several years -how long before they had to have a surgical tune up and their personal experiences.

Posted by Tootkesjb (2 posts)
Mar 30, 2017 10:34 AM

Hi i have a medtronic stimulator, and it's time to have changed out. I'm thinking of going with Boston Scientific. Has anyone gone from one company to another. And how satisfied are you with Bss. Thanks for your tine. Jeannie






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