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Has Anyone Had A Spinal Cord Stimulator That Was Removed That Had Been In Place More Than 15 Years?

Has Anyone Had A Spinal Cord Stimulator That Was Removed That Had Been In Place More Than 15 Years?

I am scheduled for a spinal cord stimulator removal that has been in place 19 years. They are doing a 2 level laminectomy at the same time and I’m concerned that the scs removal will keep me under anesthesia longer than the benefits of removing it. I am concerned that the scar tissue has it cemented in the position it is in, and it will not slide out nicely.

A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

So you don’t need your SCS anymore? If you do, Boston Scientific has a new SCS out called the Alpha Wavewriter that IS MRI compatible AND can treat TWO different areas of the spine simultaneously. Also uses new software (FAST) that can use multiple frequencies giving the patient greater options in treatment. No other company has a device that can treat two different areas of the spine at once.

I only wish I could have had that model implanted as I have the previous model (Spectra Wavewriter) that isn’t MRI compatible.

I’m happy it took away the chronic pain in both of my feet. I’m hoping to have my upper back trialed this fall, but scar tissue will probably prevent the placement of the paddles. It took two surgeries to place the previous trial.

Full disclosure; the company I work for (Boston Scientific) makes my SCS. I had mine implanted in January 2020.

posted about 1 year ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

I had a spinal cord stimulator implanted back in 2012 and it was helping me. But I got a staph infection a month later and had to have it removed. I wish I still had it. I had a neurosurgeon tell me not to have anymore spine surgeries because there's so much scar tissue. If it's helping you I would say leave it in, but we also know that just masks the actual issues.

posted about 1 year ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Had mine taken out 6 months after they put it in.

posted about 1 year ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

@A MyChronicPainTeam Member if they leave them in be sure they won't "travel".

posted about 1 year ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Only 9 years. All removed & replaced with all new leads & hardware. Sorry I can't say. I'd imagine they'd have to remove some of it to make room for the surgical changes. I'm not personally acquainted, but will they be adding hardware to support the spine?
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posted about 1 year ago
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