What are the limitations with a spinal cord stimulator?
Disadvantages of spinal cord stimulators
- Every surgical procedure has a risk of infection and bleeding.
- Spinal fluid leaks can cause headaches.
- The generator battery may not work or may leak.
- Scar tissue can form around the electrodes.
- If you have an SCS, you cannot undergo an MRI.
Can you drive with a spinal stimulator?
Do not drive or use heavy equipment while the stimulator is activated. However, you can use the stimulator if you are a passenger. Spinal cord stimulators may set off metal detectors (such as in airports). You will be given special identification that certifies you have a spinal cord stimulation system.
Can you work with a pain stimulator?
Are there any restrictions after a spinal cord stimulator implant? After both the trial and permanent surgery, try to limit physical activity. This includes exercise or any work that involves twisting, stretching, or reaching overhead. These actions can cause your stimulator leads to move away from the treatment area.
How long will I be off work after spinal cord stimulator surgery?
Incisions usually heal between 2 and 4 weeks. Light activities such as moderate walking and driving is generally recommended the first two weeks. Complete recovery/return to normal life is usually around 6 to 8 weeks.
Why can’t you drive with a spinal cord stimulator?
Your doctor will provide you with a medical ID card that authorizes and explains the device. Additionally, driving is not recommended when your spinal cord stimulator is powered on. Although the electrical impulses are not painful, they can be distracting when driving.
What can go wrong with a spinal cord stimulator?
Electromagnetic interference. Strong interference, such as from a defibrillator or MRI (if the spinal cord stimulation device is not MRI-safe), can damage the generator, leading to severe burns, other serious injury, or death. Skin irritation may develop near the generator related to charging.
Is spinal cord stimulator surgery painful?
As with any surgery—even a minimally invasive one—the initial recovery period following spinal cord stimulation implantation can be painful. Light activities can often be resumed after two to three weeks, but complete recovery may take six to eight weeks.
Can you shower with a spinal cord stimulator?
You may not shower, bathe or swim with a trial SCS device in, nor can you participate in any of these activities until your sutures have completely healed. After you have your permanent device implanted and your sutures are healed, you can be submerged in water safely.
How long does the battery last in a spinal cord stimulator?
Fully implantable non-rechargeable pulse generators have a battery life of between 2 and 5 years. A new SCS system with a rechargeable power source may last 10 to 25 years, or longer.
Does a spinal cord stimulator help you lose weight?
Unexpectedly, SCS stimulation was also associated with a tingling sensation in the viscera and a reduction in appetite. Both patients were thus able to reduce food intake at mealtimes and had lost about 9 kg in the first 4 months of SCS use, despite denying changes in exercise habits.
Who is not a good candidate for spinal cord stimulator?
Spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve field stimulation therapy are not for everyone. These therapies are usually not recommended for individuals who: Have a systemic infection or infection at the site where the device would be implanted. Use a demand-type cardiac pacemaker.
Are you put to sleep for spinal cord stimulator surgery?
This procedure is done in a hospital or ambulatory surgery setting and requires general anesthesia (being put to sleep). A small incision is made in the lower back for placement of the electrodes as described in the trial. The electrodes are secured to the ligaments and bone of the spine.
Is spinal cord stimulator a major surgery?
Spinal cord stimulation is an expensive treatment that does involve risk because of the major surgery needed to put the device in place. Spinal cord stimulation is usually used along with other pain management treatment. These include medicines, exercise, and relaxation methods.
What is the success rate of the spinal cord stimulator?
Objective: Presently, the long-term success rate of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) ranges from 47% to 74%. SCS efficacy is inversely proportional to the passage of time between development of chronic pain syndrome and time of implantation. To improve outcomes, implantation should be performed early.