Anyone out there having battery probl...

Anyone out there having battery problems?

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Battery Problems

Phoenix, AZ

#1 Jun 3, 2010
I've been implanted with a dorcel column stimulator and seem to get defective batteries every single time. As I'm preparing for my 5th revision I'd like to know how many other people with Medtronic's simulators are having battery issues. Specifically related to charging and dying prematurely.
NY NY

Larchmont, NY

#2 Jun 15, 2010
Just got off the phone with MEdtronics - they say I have a bad charger unit, we shall see they are Fed-Exing a new one tomorrow
trish

Lexington, KY

#3 Aug 23, 2011
Battery Problems wrote:
I've been implanted with a dorcel column stimulator and seem to get defective batteries every single time. As I'm preparing for my 5th revision I'd like to know how many other people with Medtronic's simulators are having battery issues. Specifically related to charging and dying prematurely.
i also had battery problems with my medtronics stimulator,mine only last 4 months....i heard a bad batch of batteries were sent out and implanted in patients 2010. three other patients from lexington clinic had same problem with battery same time i did...i had mine taken out.....i have severe neck and back pain after box taken out....i pray one day they will be held responsible for destroying other peoples lives
erma

Port Saint Joe, FL

#4 Oct 5, 2011
trish wrote:
<quoted text> i also had battery problems with my medtronics stimulator,mine only last 4 months....i heard a bad batch of batteries were sent out and implanted in patients 2010. three other patients from lexington clinic had same problem with battery same time i did...i had mine taken out.....i have severe neck and back pain after box taken out....i pray one day they will be held responsible for destroying other peoples lives
Yes, I have had battery problem with all of my stimulators (6) one even had the screws come apart and had to be remove. The pain was almost unbearable. the others, the batteries just stop working. I am now having (hopefully) my stimulator removed completely I think six is redicolous. Now every time I go to the ER or another doctor, even my primary doctor say it is the stimulator causing the pain and spasms in other parts of my body. I have been hospitalized (ICU) from so much pain that it cause elevation in my blood pressure and my cardiologist said I was on the way to having a heart attack from the upward blood pressure from the pain, because the battery was not working.

Too bad we can't hold the manufacturer responsible for selling bad products that does the body more harm than good.
Battery Problems

Scottsdale, AZ

#5 Oct 5, 2011
Since so many of us seem to be having the same problems, I think maybe we should speak to see if we can hold medtronic responsible. It's apparent that this isn't just a one time thing happening to just a couple of people. Is anyone here interested in seeing if we can get some data together about this, or just talking about the problems we're having? Please let me know. Thanks, and I'm so sorry to hear that you're all suffering with pain on top of stimulator issues.
frank glover

North Charleston, SC

#6 Oct 10, 2011
My father-in law had it implanted in 2007 he is 92 and not able to manage it nor know the last time it worked. He would like to have it removed. Is it a difficult operation?
Frank - [email protected]
Tammy NH

Norton, MA

#7 Dec 13, 2011
YES! YES! YES! I am considering legal advice at this point. I had my Medtronics stimulator put in Nov. 17 and am going back in on Thursday to have the battery pack moved. I have been doing some research and noticed that the problem with the battery pack moving or the line on my spine is not a one time problem that loads of people are having the same problem. Am currently trying to get second opinion to decide if I should just have the device removed on thursday. Please let me know more about your experiance with Medtronics Inc.
Battery Problems

Phoenix, AZ

#8 Dec 13, 2011
Hi Tammy,

I'm really sorry to hear about your (and everyone else's) battery problems. I'm on my 4th revision and just spoke with my Pain Management specialist about my options at my last appointment. He says so many of his patients have had so many problems, that he recommends whenever I need to have surgery again, to just have the stimulator removed. Mine hasn't worked since 2006 and I've had it replaced 3 times since then.

Good luck with your surgery, whatever you decide. I hope it goes smoothly and you have a quick recovery. Let me know if I can help at all.

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