Fractured SCS leads
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evanob posted:
I am a spine surgeon and I recently had a patient with a fractured lead wires. I was not previously aware of this type of failure. The wires are integral to the paddle electrodes and the percutaneous leads. This means that when the wires fail, additional surgery must be performed to remove the bad implant and replace with new. There is risk of dural tear, nerve injury, and infection. I was disappointed to learn than all three manufacturers (Medtronic, St. Jude, and Boston Scientific) only warrant the wires for one year, even though the generator is warranted for longer. If pacemaker leads were this fragile, patients would die. This wire fragility needs to be addressed by the FDA to force manufacturers to solve this problem. One year warranty on the wires is ridiculous.
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