Hello CTBeth, I have recently joined this blog. I will give you my experience. I have a Boston Scientific SCS. It was implanted with two leads from S1 up to T 9, I think. I have a rechargable battery implanted in my left hip area. I have a battery in a charger ready to re-charge my internal battery all the time. I have a belt with a pocket for the external battery charger and I attach the belt over the implanted battery. Charging takes about 45 minutes. The charge in my hip battery lasts about a week, but that depends on how high I push the intensity or which program I use. I have had this implant since May of 2011. I have had to have the battery re-implanted in my hip area because of weight loss, but other than that, no problems with my SCS. I have had meetings with my rep to adjust my settings and programs, but they have been wonderful so far. I have no numbness in the incesion areas, but when I had to have the battery implanted a bit deeper, I too had about a three inch incision with staples and 10 days of antibiotic. I have several friends who returned from Afganistan and they have had total re-sets, meaning the leads had to be placed higher near the spinal column and they did not require a laminectomy. I don't know your situation, but I certainly hope you don't have to have that done. The vets I see have had excellent results. One of them just had the new Boston Scientific SCS implanted and it has four leads which covers a larger area for him. He really has had some horrible injuries but so far is happy with this new implant. Boston Scientific recently got approval for this extended lead stim. I had looked into SCS before my implant and was really put off by Medtronic because of their set up. I had not heard of St. Jude's stim. I was told I won't need a new battery for 10 years. I can't imagine having to have a new battery implant every year. I know a fair amount of people in my area who have the Boston unit and some have had their battery implants for four years. In any event, my prayers are with you and I hope I have given you some information. I am not a rep for Boston Scientific! If there was something out there that was better I would try for it. I truly believe these SCS's work as good as the doctor is that implants them. I was so lucky to find an extremely fussy and perfectionistic pain doc ( anesthestiologist) who implanted mine. Sorry this turned into a long story. Prayers to you every day.
I do not have a re-chargeable battery. It died in mid-Feb and my re-place date is 22 Apr.
I lack sensation in the battery implant area due to spinal cord injury that has left me with alteration in sensation. I've had the battery and entire unit changed more-than once. Yes, I do have a full laminectomies at T-5 and T-6.
Right now, I have been given a few more options than I had before. I have about a week to decide, as changing the entire unit will require a longer OR time, so the surgeon's office will need to know my decision to book the OR time.
Sadly, thus far, no matter how we work the numbers, I'll have to charge a re-chargeable battery more frequently than I wish. Still, I'm considering all options and appreciate that you wrote. I have a percutaneous and a paddle lead both active.
I'm pleased to hear of your success with SCS. I love mine so much, and am open to options that could reduce the annual battery change.
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