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Neurostimulator revision for fractured wires

Sbf815SSbf815 Posts: 2
edited 11/10/2015 - 8:32 PM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
After a year and a half I have to have a revision for stimulator due to fractured wires. This ends up costing me $1500 again. I was told they have to unplug the battery so I am pretty much having same surgery again. I am worried about all the scar tissue and how painful it will be and also how to prevent wires from fracturing. My leads are way up by c2 because it is neck pain. Does anyone have any answers?

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    edited 11/10/2015 - 8:34 PM
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  • Had my stim implanted in July 2013. Leads were attached to paddles which were implanted via a Laminectomy at T9. Sept 2013 had to have revision surgery because of a fault. Turned out to be an extension lead that was faulty. Wasn't as big a surgery as the first one. Currently having problems with the IPG and the extension lead again. Technicians are trying to pinpoint the exact problem at the moment. It has been suggested that I may need to have the IPG replaced.

    You should discuss your concerns re scar tissue, type and size of surgery etc with your surgeon. Hopefully it won't be as big a surgery as the first one.
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  • Sbf815SSbf815 Posts: 2
    edited 11/29/2015 - 6:00 PM
    Have surgery Dec 21st. Figured it would be easier seeing they don't have to rerun battery wire. They did say they had to unplug wires from battery. Did you have another cut where your battery is placed?
  • I have one on my spine at T9 and another on my abdomen where the battery was inserted.
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