MDT Spinal Cord Stimulator
Husband of RSD Wife

Indianapolis, IN

#181 Apr 30, 2012
I love how the doctors act when you tell them something is going on with any of these units like they have never heard of this symptom from anyone else. Do they think the internet is not available to the users.
BETTY

Nevada, MO

#182 May 1, 2012
I HAVE HAD SPINAL CORD STIMULATEOR FOR FOUR YRS.NOW IT LIKE THE LEADS ARE BROKEN.I GET SHOCKS WHEN IT IS ON.
Carrol

Manteca, CA

#183 May 4, 2012
John Ferris wrote:
<quoted text>
Janet,
My problem is with pain shooting down my right leg from a pinched L5 nerve somewhere near the entrance to the spine. With my (now) Boston Scientific and the previous Medtronic device makes a tingling sensation cover most of my leg and in the very low back - effectively taking the sharp edge off and making my life 100% better. Before the Boston system was installed my life was a living [email protected] -just the exhaustion from the pain keeping me awake for two days or three days at a time lead to overwhelming depression. As an aside - the coverage for my problem was better with the Medtronic but the Boston device does just fine. The coverage is completely decided by how the lead is placed.
The original purpose of SCS is for pain in the legs - read the info on both suppliers web sites. In actuality the application of an SCS is not intended for low back pain - since this type pain is typically not generated from primary nerve damage but typically tissue damage.
Yes, I along with everyone else will have a problems with the wires,leads,or battery. This stuff will not stretch or bend - so overtime - with inadvertent twists and reaches there is a possibility that something will move around. The choice of the Surgeon is critical. My first put in the Medtronic system (test and then full implant)followed by two correction surgeries in 16 months when the wires migrated. When the wires migrated for the 3rd time I went to a new surgeon who removed the old and installed all new Boston equipment. Not a problem in 18 months - knock wood. I assume there will be another operation but the therapy the system has provided, and the quality of life improvement will be well worth an additional surgery or two. I am lucky that I have about zero issues with anesthesia - and have always returned to work within 10 days.
If the pain in your knee is truly making your life [email protected] then it would be worth the try. The question is whether the knee pain is from tissues damage or damaged nerves. If the pain is generated by tissue damage the SCS may be ineffective.
Hi, I just met with my spinal surgeon along with Medtronic rep to discuss my options since my scs device has exhausted its battery in only ten months since implantation. My doctor feels that I am running the device 24/7 and at a high level because the leads aren't placed appropriately and feels I need a revision of the leads as well as a new device. After reading these stories above, I am hesitant to have a rechargeable since it sounds like I will be recharging every week or even more frequently unless I have the lead revision and they are able to get good results. My question to you is with all of your revisions, did you have any complications with your leads? Mine are in the thoracic spine and my surgeon said that in order to get good results he will most likely perform a larger laminitomy (none removal) to get better placement. This is high risk because if possible dura tear & infection risk. I have scheduled the device replacement for next Tuesday and will consider the lead revision for this summer (my husband is having spinal fusion this month & I am his caregiver so I have to postpone). I appreciate any information anyone has to offer on Medtronic lead revisions.
Nadja

Cape Coral, FL

#184 May 4, 2012
I am in the middle of a lawsuit currently due to the materials used in the grafting of the fusion. the spinal stimulator was removed approximatly 10 days after being placed due to misfires and battery leakage...I do not think that anyting done to the back is a good idea anymore...
anina

United States

#185 May 29, 2012
Just wondering in pain wrote:
In Nov 8, 2010 I underwent my 7th surgery to replace and/or reposition my Boston Scientific SCS's. I have for my lower back and one for my cervical region. I always recovered quickly from surgery and had pretty good success with relief from pain. But after this last surgery the incision and implant for my cervical region just didn't feel right. I had an itchy feeling going from the battery all the way up the lead. Doctor said it was normal and just to wait. On Nov 28, 2010 I was admitted to the hopsital with a severe infection, my battery and leads were infection with a non resistance strain of staph. and had to undergo emergency surgery to remove the stimulator and leads. I was hospitalized 5 days and came home with a pic line to receive IV antibiotics for the next 4 weeks.
I am wondering if anyone else has had a stimulator put in recently and ended up with an infection?
yes, my husband had his implanted in 8/2011. it was working fairly well but started developing swelling but doc kept saying normal. in Oct he had regular appt with pain management and the fluid began to just pour out of the battery site. he sent us to emergency room where they did not do any preventative measures so it would not worsen, they did not do a culture, they said he had a skin infection. doc sent us home from emergency room with a prescription of bactrin for a skin infection. six days later he is in the hospital having it removed because of infection. spent months at home with IV antibiotics. yet there are lawyers who say we can't prove he would have been better anyway, now he suffers more than he ever did because infection set into his bones as well and had laminictomy. The resident at the hospital screwed up big time and we are just trying to find an attorney who will take this on. what has happened with you?: [email protected]
Deanna

Rockaway Park, NY

#186 Jun 11, 2012
Hi, has anyone had the scs medtronic for chronic stomach pain? And did it work?
erma

Daphne, AL

#187 Jun 12, 2012
Good luck on finding an attorney. I have contacted over 18 attorneys and none are willing to go against the doctor who implanted my stimulators that sent me to the hospital for four days of intensive care. The physician who implanted them would not remove them so another doctor did. I have not been able to gaet an attorney anywhere that will take on my case against the doctor who did my seven different implants that cause me more harm than good.
errma

Daphne, AL

#188 Jun 12, 2012
trish wrote:
<quoted text> hello erma, i also had many problems with my medtronics stimulator. i also called many lawyers and none would take my case. i was told not to give up that i did have a law suit .i would love to file a class action aganist them. i had my box removed in june 2011 and i have my box for evidence. we all need to come together and made them pay for our injuries and their defective stimulators.
Hi Trish I was told the same thing by all the attorneys I called but still they would not help. They say it would be to expensive for their firm and unless I was paralyzed or dead I probably would not win anyway. If you can find and attorney for a class action suit I will certainly add my name. Good luck to the both of us.I was also told I had to find an attorney in the state in which the stimulators was implanted, apparently the attorneys knows this doctor for they will not go against him.
florida

North Fort Myers, FL

#189 Jun 13, 2012
wackman esq NYC is taking in clients for class action lawsuit for the stimulator
florida

North Fort Myers, FL

#190 Jun 13, 2012
parker,wachman alonso esq
shari

Gadsden, AL

#191 Jun 14, 2012
errma wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Trish I was told the same thing by all the attorneys I called but still they would not help. They say it would be to expensive for their firm and unless I was paralyzed or dead I probably would not win anyway. If you can find and attorney for a class action suit I will certainly add my name. Good luck to the both of us.I was also told I had to find an attorney in the state in which the stimulators was implanted, apparently the attorneys knows this doctor for they will not go against him.
In what city was your procedure done? I live in Oxford,
AL; my pain management dr has been trying for 3 years to make me get one of these devices, but I keep refusing. He tells me every month how many he puts in and how they are doing so great, but never tells me the failures. I would only know those because of people talking about them. Regardless of what any dr tells you, there is no magic fix to a major chronic pain issue. So sorry you and many others have tried this and now are in worse pain. I was just curious about where your dr is located.
florida

North Fort Myers, FL

#192 Jun 14, 2012
Use the lawyers i listed, they charge nothing unless you get money
shari wrote:
<quoted text>
In what city was your procedure done? I live in Oxford,
AL; my pain management dr has been trying for 3 years to make me get one of these devices, but I keep refusing. He tells me every month how many he puts in and how they are doing so great, but never tells me the failures. I would only know those because of people talking about them. Regardless of what any dr tells you, there is no magic fix to a major chronic pain issue. So sorry you and many others have tried this and now are in worse pain. I was just curious about where your dr is located.
Tex

Houston, TX

#193 Jun 16, 2012
My pain management doctor has been pushing hard for me to get the Medtronic device for a painful condition because of pressure on nerves at L5 following fusion surgery at L4-5. Yesterday, I got a call out of the blue from someone that represents the company telling me this doctor had told them I wanted to try the unit to see if I wanted a permanent one put in. I told them I wanted to research it first and that I never told the doctor I wanted to try the device. I have been a bit suspicious as the doctor's office has posters advertising this thing everywhere. I have to assume the doctors are getting kickbacks because they are promoting it so much. After reading this board, I have decided I don't want anything to do with it.
ducklady13

Jacksonville, FL

#194 Jun 23, 2012
Tex wrote:
My pain management doctor has been pushing hard for me to get the Medtronic device for a painful condition because of pressure on nerves at L5 following fusion surgery at L4-5. Yesterday, I got a call out of the blue from someone that represents the company telling me this doctor had told them I wanted to try the unit to see if I wanted a permanent one put in. I told them I wanted to research it first and that I never told the doctor I wanted to try the device. I have been a bit suspicious as the doctor's office has posters advertising this thing everywhere. I have to assume the doctors are getting kickbacks because they are promoting it so much. After reading this board, I have decided I don't want anything to do with it.
My doctors are telling me that I need a spine fusion I am waiting for approval from my insurance company to get an MRI done with contrast....they did take a regular xray and did not like what they saw.....they claim that due to my past back surgery of 3 discectomy and 3 laminotomy they had caused a weakness in my lower back which according to the xray my back is no longer in line one veribra is really far off to one side and barely hanging on....crap not sure what they showed me is even possible...they claim I now need a spine fusion....I already have pain levels daily between 6,7, and a 8....but after reading what happen to you I am really scared....because along with everything else he is suggesting the implant to help with the pain....I have read all information offered on this site and I am really afraid....I am not gonna do any of these things being offered....nope there has got to be other ways to help me.....thanks for listening....good luck and better health to you and all
Florida Pain

North Fort Myers, FL

#195 Jun 23, 2012
If I had the chance to do it over, I would of dealt with the pain instead of the fusion... I would of never gotten the spinal stimulator, never did all the nerve blocks, shots, because they lie when they say it will get better it gets worse
ducklady13 wrote:
<quoted text>
My doctors are telling me that I need a spine fusion I am waiting for approval from my insurance company to get an MRI done with contrast....they did take a regular xray and did not like what they saw.....they claim that due to my past back surgery of 3 discectomy and 3 laminotomy they had caused a weakness in my lower back which according to the xray my back is no longer in line one veribra is really far off to one side and barely hanging on....crap not sure what they showed me is even possible...they claim I now need a spine fusion....I already have pain levels daily between 6,7, and a 8....but after reading what happen to you I am really scared....because along with everything else he is suggesting the implant to help with the pain....I have read all information offered on this site and I am really afraid....I am not gonna do any of these things being offered....nope there has got to be other ways to help me.....thanks for listening....good luck and better health to you and all
Chronic

Plattsburgh, NY

#196 Jun 27, 2012
Dr wants to put in the stimaltor for a foot nerve damage from surgery, everytime I go to the pain ctr everyone tries to sell it to me. Does anyone know the cost from an insurance bill? I feel they are in it for the $$$ only. I refused to have it done due to no evidence that it would work for the nerve damage in my foot. When I refused they discharged me as a patient....GREED in the medical field!
justwondering123

Cherryville, NC

#197 Jun 30, 2012
Nadja wrote:
I am in the middle of a lawsuit currently due to the materials used in the grafting of the fusion. the spinal stimulator was removed approximatly 10 days after being placed due to misfires and battery leakage...I do not think that anyting done to the back is a good idea anymore...
My wife is having her battery replaced after 17 months, it is down to only keeping a charge for 3 days. After we questioned the problem we were finally told 8 weeks later that the battery was being recalled. My question is my wife entitled to pain and suffering since this battery was due to last 10 years. The company has already sent us a letter from their legal section, i called the lady and asked her the same question. She said come up with a figure and we will go from there. She also stated they would pay me for loss wages. What would be a fair figure to ask for?
Jason

United States

#198 Jul 18, 2012
Im having problems with my stim that i had since 09. I had a revision in april 2011 now in july 2012 the battery has moved out of its pocket and is migrating up between my ribs and skin .i can also feel my wires pocking out it has not broken through the skin yet .
i can not hold my blatter any longer . the surgeon and the rep said its not the stim . i call bullsh1t on that because it started the same time that everything moving . i hope to get something done soon . the pain is about a 7 or 8 ..
shari

Anniston, AL

#199 Jul 18, 2012
Chronic wrote:
Dr wants to put in the stimaltor for a foot nerve damage from surgery, everytime I go to the pain ctr everyone tries to sell it to me. Does anyone know the cost from an insurance bill? I feel they are in it for the $$$ only. I refused to have it done due to no evidence that it would work for the nerve damage in my foot. When I refused they discharged me as a patient....GREED in the medical field!
My Dr's insurance person told me the trial cost $5000.00; the final implant is $20,000. Supposedly Medicare will pay 80%; I'm on disability. My Dr pushes me every month;this month I heard him dictating my visit for his records; he is frustrated with me, wants to drop me if I don't do what he says. Told me I would get complete relief and I am wasting my time by not getting this dangerous thing. He does the trial in his office if you can imagine that and he is not a neurosurgeon. It does boil down to money. He gets $ 75 a month for writing me a prescription, guess that is not worth his time. Like everything else in this world...MONEY. Don't do this unless you are absolutely sure, too many risks and it can make you have more pain.
Husband of RSD Wife

Indianapolis, IN

#200 Jul 20, 2012
Has anyone had the implant removed and did it relieve the discomfort, the pain and the shocking? Was there any new side affects from the removal of the battery and the leads?

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Medtronic Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
selling patient programmer (37742) for the neur... (Feb '10) May 18 Laguerazamudio 40
Stimulators for sale Feb '17 Sassy1982 1
Medtronic Patient Programmer, Recharger, Bag an... Jan '17 Vaggeto 1
Bladder estim causing electrical shocks Jan '17 Pjfort55 1
Electric Shock (May '11) Sep '16 Mrs cruz 18
Implant generator movement (May '16) Sep '16 Mrs cruz 2
I have a Medtronic 37751 programmer and on the ... (Aug '12) Jul '16 Daniel lehman 9
More from around the web