I had a SCS implanted when they were pretty new in 1996. It cost $25,000 and the benefits lasted about 6 months. I was not happy. I saw where someone posted something about having to get their SCS recalibrated which is completely unfamiliar to me as this was not an option. Mine was removed during my 3rd surgery in 1998. I have a new doc who said the current SCS implants are so much better than they used to be and I would be a great candidate for one. If you have one, I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you!
I had mine done about 3 years ago. With mine I have a controller where if I place it over the battery pack I can adjust the intensity as well as frequency. That's nice to have that control. I can also (and I need to do this) call my representative from Medtronic and she can meet me somewhere to re-calibrate the areas the pulses reach. Mine is for my shoulders and neck area so she can redo it to reach certain parts of those areas of I find I need it more in those areas.
As for if it worked. For the first year - give it take a few months, it removed my headaches. That was an added bonus. It helped some with the pain but not as much as I had hoped.
One is rechargeable and the other has a I pod to control it but only last 1 to 2 years. The other on is rechargeable and has a big wire harness for it to place on your side and hold it there for 1 hr. Per week. But it lasts 7 to 13years
Jojo, I had mine put in several years ago (at least 15 or more) and it is currently broken and just sitting there all scarred into my cervical spine where they cannot get it out. I had 5 revisions on it during the years I had it due to lead migration, shorting out or just malfunction. When it worked it was absolute bliss!! If I could get another for my thoracic and lumbar spine, I would definitely try again. If it gave me even a little relief it would be well worth the pain of having it surgically implanted and perhaps having less pain by 1/3 to 1/2, I'd be as happy as a pig in shit!!! Best of luck with your procedure and be sure to let us know how you did and what kind of relief you got. Sending well wishes, good karma and positive vibes your way!! 💕😊
Thanks everyone for your input, it really helps a lot since my last experience was over 20 years ago. I'm not sure yet what type or brand he has in mind, I'm waiting for him to review my last MRI and then I'll know more. I'll be sure to let y'all know what he says. 😊