MDT Spinal Cord Stimulator

MDT Spinal Cord Stimulator

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Roger

Houston, TX

#1 Jan 25, 2008
Has anyone experienced problems with MDT's line of the spinal cord devices?

Good Day !
Rodney

York, PA

#2 Apr 30, 2008
Have had problems with 2 batterys and pain in the spine area
Nancy from NH

Woodstock, VT

#3 Jul 31, 2008
Anyone know how long the battery goes before it needs to be replaced?
Maggie

Norco, CA

#4 Jan 15, 2009
Nancy from NH wrote:
Anyone know how long the battery goes before it needs to be replaced?
It depends on what kind you got. When you went through the trial, that is what they use to determine what kind the put in and how long it will last. Mine will last 10 years. Good luck.
Mike Buffalo NY

North Tonawanda, NY

#5 Mar 5, 2009
Ihad a Medtronics SCS implanted in 2002 I had some relief for awhile then started having problems.The stimulation was not as good as in the first few years,I was getting shocked,had to have it adjusted many times.My leads came loose from my spine causing a lot of pain.I had a new unit implanted in Nov. of 2008 I now have a Advanced Bionics Precision by Boston Scientific.I like this unit much better the stimulation is so much better.My Pain Management Doctor has replaced 18 Medtronics units with the Boston Scientific System.
Sarah Bohman

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Mar 17, 2009
Roger wrote:
Has anyone experienced problems with MDT's line of the spinal cord devices?
Good Day !
My spinal cord device has caused me a world of problems. My first one prematurely drained of batteries, in 4 months, and now I have horrible back pain from my new device.
Cindy

United States

#7 Mar 28, 2009
My husband has burning pain in his abdomen from nerve damage resulting from surgery. No drug has helped nor did trigger point injections. Epidurals had no affect, either. The spinal implant with leads reaching around to the stomach area seems to be his only hope for some relief. Has anyone had any experience with a B.S. spinal implant with leads to the abdominal area? Also, where (Jacksonvill,Fl or Atlanta,GA) to get the Boston Scientific?
tngrandmajan2

United States

#8 Apr 18, 2009
Hi,
I was wondering if anyone out there could help me with the decision on whether to get this or not.
My doctor says that this is the only way to go, but Im not so sure. Ive been told before that a certain procedure would help me, but so far nothing has. I havent had this done yet & Im not so sure that I want to have something implanted in my back, especially when I was told before that this wouldnt help my back pain but they want to "try" this for failed knee surgery. From what Ive read this morning, I havent found any site where this is used for anything but back pain---which I have but Im being "told" that this is going to help my knee pain. Is there anyone out there that can give me any kind of advice on where I can go to find out if this is going to help me or not & if there is a way to find out if this is a surgery that I should avoid. I would really appreciate any info that anyone can give me cause right now I dont know what to do. All I do know is that I want to be out of this pain that Ive been in for way too long now. Thanks, I really would appreciate any & all info. Hope to hear from you soon. Janet
Be Careful

Abernathy, TX

#9 Apr 18, 2009
hi i have 2 systems one in the thorasic area and other in low back. The lower one works great and had the upper one installed at the same time. After surgery before i even got home the lead had fallin down far enough to the point where i couldn't use and caused pretty bad pain. The doctor only put 1 lead in instead of 2 liked we talked about. He said he could hardly get it through the scar tissue. Well any way took me like 5 or 6 months to save up enough money to take off work again so finally get back in there and stay awake through first part of the operation to make sure everything was right. Well when they tested it in opp. she only had one lead turned on and that lead was placed center of spinal cord unlike the way that he put the right one on the right side of cord. The left one was suppose to be on the left of cord. So now when we went to adjust it it was allot stronger on left since not much stimulation on right side. Now I'm pretty upset can only use 1 or 2 of the electrodes and not all or most of them so only covers like 4 or 5 in. area on back. Kinda wondering if any one else has had a doctor like mine or same situation kinda think the doctor and BSC should be liable for it.
joe

Irving, TX

#10 Apr 24, 2009
Mike Buffalo NY wrote:
Ihad a Medtronics SCS implanted in 2002 I had some relief for awhile then started having problems.The stimulation was not as good as in the first few years,I was getting shocked,had to have it adjusted many times.My leads came loose from my spine causing a lot of pain.I had a new unit implanted in Nov. of 2008 I now have a Advanced Bionics Precision by Boston Scientific.I like this unit much better the stimulation is so much better.My Pain Management Doctor has replaced 18 Medtronics units with the Boston Scientific System.
paid consultant i bet for bs
frustrated in ohio

Cincinnati, OH

#11 May 15, 2009
I am a chronic pain patient with a history of low back problems. I had my medtronic installed in the low back last fall. the dr's office cldn't figure out why i had to keep charging so often. I called and met up with the rep. turns out i had the unit set on the highest setting. he had never seen this in his 12 years with the company. about 5 months after i had it put in, the battery pack which is implanted in my upper right hip/butt area, had worked its way out of the pocket in the fatty tissue they implanted it in and it had made its way to just under the surface of my skin. i had to have it removed and re-implanted and everything went fine. its been several months since they re-implanted the battery pack and darn it if the stupid thing hasn't come back up out of the pocket they created and is right underneath the surface of my skin again. And talk about painful...It is so-o-o-o-o-o tender. Just as it did the first time, the battery pack is actually bulging right underneath the surface of my skin.
So, i am curios to know if anyone else has had this type of problem?
Richard

Fritch, TX

#12 Jun 2, 2009
Do you still feel good about the Bostom SCS?
I am to see doc next week about getting one. I see a lot of negative comments about medtronics - what about St. Jude Medical?
Where can I go to learn what questions to ask?
richard
Mike Buffalo NY wrote:
Ihad a Medtronics SCS implanted in 2002 I had some relief for awhile then started having problems.The stimulation was not as good as in the first few years,I was getting shocked,had to have it adjusted many times.My leads came loose from my spine causing a lot of pain.I had a new unit implanted in Nov. of 2008 I now have a Advanced Bionics Precision by Boston Scientific.I like this unit much better the stimulation is so much better.My Pain Management Doctor has replaced 18 Medtronics units with the Boston Scientific System.
gordon

Montesano, WA

#13 Jun 3, 2009
I had a b.s. unit installed 1 month ago and its seeming to work better every day. It has four programs on it.You just have to get used to it.
gordon

Montesano, WA

#14 Jun 3, 2009
Ive had good luck with my Boston scientific unit. Its been in for 1 month. I guess its just getting used to it.
Frustrated in OK

Owasso, OK

#15 Jun 16, 2009
frustrated in ohio wrote:
I am a chronic pain patient with a history of low back problems. I had my medtronic installed in the low back last fall. the dr's office cldn't figure out why i had to keep charging so often. I called and met up with the rep. turns out i had the unit set on the highest setting. he had never seen this in his 12 years with the company. about 5 months after i had it put in, the battery pack which is implanted in my upper right hip/butt area, had worked its way out of the pocket in the fatty tissue they implanted it in and it had made its way to just under the surface of my skin. i had to have it removed and re-implanted and everything went fine. its been several months since they re-implanted the battery pack and darn it if the stupid thing hasn't come back up out of the pocket they created and is right underneath the surface of my skin again. And talk about painful...It is so-o-o-o-o-o tender. Just as it did the first time, the battery pack is actually bulging right underneath the surface of my skin.
So, i am curios to know if anyone else has had this type of problem?
I too have had the same problem. When they re implanted yours, did they change the location of the battery. The first revision they performed on mine was just to sew it further in to my flesh. I know what you are saying when you talk about he skin being so thin over it. Mine is so defined that I can feel every edge and corner on mine. Is yours giving you the relief that you had expected?
Barbara in Oceanside CA

United States

#16 Jun 20, 2009
I've had nothing but problems with my Medtronic... I've had five surgeries (revisions)... One lead bended, one lead broke, the paddle lead partially stopped working after a battery replacement so they implanted another lead after that then ended up replacing all the wires too, claiming the wires were frayed. I never got the unit to work properly over the past six months now. I get pains in my side when it's on... I'm not having it taken out ASAP!!!
Ed_N

Riverdale, GA

#17 Aug 5, 2009
Cindy wrote:
My husband has burning pain in his abdomen from nerve damage resulting from surgery. No drug has helped nor did trigger point injections. Epidurals had no affect, either. The spinal implant with leads reaching around to the stomach area seems to be his only hope for some relief. Has anyone had any experience with a B.S. spinal implant with leads to the abdominal area? Also, where (Jacksonvill,Fl or Atlanta,GA) to get the Boston Scientific?
I got my Precision Plus unit at the Emory Spine Center in Atlanta Ga. Dr. Yoon and Dr. Beckworth have been awesome doctors for me. Mine is for low back and leg pain, but it all has to do with the spine. Hope that helps!!! Also, Lyrica has been GREAT for my nerve pain.......
Cindy

Covington, GA

#18 Aug 6, 2009
I watch everyday hoping for a response. Thank you, Ed_N. We will call Emory Spine Center.
mike

Concord, NC

#19 Aug 7, 2009
The good news is you get to trial the system before deciding whether to get the permanent. Once you have the permanent procedure done, it is reversible so you are not stuck with it if you don't like it. Bostons Scientifics is the top of the line device
tngrandmajan2 wrote:
Hi,
I was wondering if anyone out there could help me with the decision on whether to get this or not.
My doctor says that this is the only way to go, but Im not so sure. Ive been told before that a certain procedure would help me, but so far nothing has. I havent had this done yet & Im not so sure that I want to have something implanted in my back, especially when I was told before that this wouldnt help my back pain but they want to "try" this for failed knee surgery. From what Ive read this morning, I havent found any site where this is used for anything but back pain---which I have but Im being "told" that this is going to help my knee pain. Is there anyone out there that can give me any kind of advice on where I can go to find out if this is going to help me or not & if there is a way to find out if this is a surgery that I should avoid. I would really appreciate any info that anyone can give me cause right now I dont know what to do. All I do know is that I want to be out of this pain that Ive been in for way too long now. Thanks, I really would appreciate any & all info. Hope to hear from you soon. Janet
matt

Manchester, NH

#20 Sep 24, 2009
frustrated in ohio wrote:
I am a chronic pain patient with a history of low back problems. I had my medtronic installed in the low back last fall. the dr's office cldn't figure out why i had to keep charging so often. I called and met up with the rep. turns out i had the unit set on the highest setting. he had never seen this in his 12 years with the company. about 5 months after i had it put in, the battery pack which is implanted in my upper right hip/butt area, had worked its way out of the pocket in the fatty tissue they implanted it in and it had made its way to just under the surface of my skin. i had to have it removed and re-implanted and everything went fine. its been several months since they re-implanted the battery pack and darn it if the stupid thing hasn't come back up out of the pocket they created and is right underneath the surface of my skin again. And talk about painful...It is so-o-o-o-o-o tender. Just as it did the first time, the battery pack is actually bulging right underneath the surface of my skin.
So, i am curios to know if anyone else has had this type of problem?
i have the same problem with my presion plus but docters wont help me the just say i would not have this prob if i gain weight

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