MDT Spinal Cord Stimulator
Ann

Tulsa, OK

#141 Dec 11, 2011
Definitely would not recommend Medtronics Pain Stimulator. My husband has gone through hell because of that implant. Trial was great; after many problems and operations it was removed but they couldn't remove the leads and will always be afraid of the damage they could do. Of course, he will never be able to have another MRI and has more pain than before.
sharon

Saint Albans, Australia

#142 Dec 15, 2011
Hi Tammy sorry i have an ANS system not medtronics my mistake.
I have so much pain sometimes i cant think straight.
I went back to see my surgeon on Monday and he sent me for blood tests and a scan.
The pain i have where the battery is and my spine does also feel like it will break.
I am going later today to see him as there looks like a have a big problem where the battery has moved, it has moved over my spine and the bottom of it is rubbing on my pelvic bone.
It stings and burns like a son of a bitch.
My surgeon also has me on Kapanol 40 mg a day,Elipim 400mg a day and emmla patches, and endep sleeping pill 10 mg a night.
I hope you find relief soon, as i will be telling my surgeon fix this battery now otherwise i will spend christmas as a cripple as my whole left leg and foot are very painfull and foot is swollen.
nadja cruz Cape Coral Fl

Cape Coral, FL

#143 Dec 29, 2011
I had a St jude Neuro stimulator implant into my spine, it abscess, misfired gave me pain, put me in the hospital, made me get a shunt in my arm iv therapy for two weeks twice a day and a removal plus get re-admitted to the hospital afterwards... St Jude reps did all but wipe my butt when they wanted to put this unit in my spine, when I had issues with the device they disappeared, when it had to be removed all I heard from them was that they needed the equiptment back... 02/2010
KIsaac

Stone Mountain, GA

#144 Jan 6, 2012
I have had a stimulator implanted in 2007 that was either not implanted correctly or moved immediately after surgery. I feel stimulation in my chest and upper body which is very uncomfortable. I think it may be the device. I have a precision also. Help. Is there a class action for the victims?
KIsaac

Stone Mountain, GA

#145 Jan 6, 2012
Bill wrote:
My Medtronic is one year in and working awesomely. I charge my battery about every 21 days or so. After 21 days or so my battery dies about 70-75% percent. My doctor did a wonderful job with the battery implant and I did everything he told me to do. No lifting, bending, sleeping on my stomach, exercising, or driving for 4-6 weeks/
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Bill I live close to Emory and I am happy to hear that someone has had good results. I am going to try and get a appointment with the doctors you saw to see if they can help me. Thank you for the referral.
nadja cruz

Lehigh Acres, FL

#146 Jan 7, 2012
lopez & lopez are handling the spinal cord lawsuits at this time but remember like they told me there is a year time frame for malpratice depending on the state you live in...
Ann

Tulsa, OK

#147 Jan 7, 2012
My husband had the Medtronics Pain stimulator put in and had nothing but trouble. He was getting shocked when it wasn't even on. after several operations; including repositioning from the back to the abdomen, it was removed. but he still has pain where they removed it from the back. He's had two operations after completely removing the unit; they found pieces of wire and tubing. they say there is nothing more that can be done to undo the damage that was done. He still has two wires going down his spine that could slip into the spinal canal and paralize him at any time. If we only knew, we would never have had it done. He was trying to get off the pain medication.
My advise for what's it worth, don't do it. They can't even be sued either because they're protected by our government.
Gary Wright

Statesville, NC

#148 Feb 7, 2012
I have had a medtronic spine stimulator put in 02 /2010 ,and if any one is thinling about one .I say dont do it as you will have so much problems like the battery was never sewed in and now sets on my spine and my leads are broken,also my battery dont keep a charge no more the 2 3 days. with it and the doctors will push to the side and forget about you. Before the stim my pain level was 7 now its always a 10 ,I can no longer sleep ,I cant walk very long ,so forget about shopping and traveling ,as I cant even drive no more the 20 mins , I would like all with problems with medtronic get together and fight them with a civil suit. Please email me at mystimulator@yahoo.com and let all go to DC and fight this, and if ant attory is reading all this could make a goog name for himself with this fight.
Susy

Jacksonville, FL

#149 Feb 9, 2012
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 am on my second stim, the first time, they used percutaneous leads, the second time, paddle leads. This one has been really good until the last couple of days., Now when I turn it on, I only feel stimulation under the skin next to the unit, it's doing nothing for my pain around the sacrum, which is why it was implanted in the first place. I have no idea what's wrong, but your issue sounded similar. Did you find resolution to the problem?
Susy

Jacksonville, FL

#150 Feb 9, 2012
I am on my second stim, the first time, they used percutaneous leads, the second time, paddle leads. This one has been really good until the last couple of days., Now when I turn it on, I only feel stimulation under the skin next to the unit, it's doing nothing for my pain around the sacrum, which is why it was implanted in the first place. I have no idea what's wrong, but your issue sounded similar. Did you find resolution to the problem?
nadja cruz

Lehigh Acres, FL

#151 Feb 10, 2012
Yes Misfires, shorts, pain, and got put in the hospital and had to have it removed 8 days after having it placed.
Roger wrote:
Has anyone experienced problems with MDT's line of the spinal cord devices?
Good Day !
tony

Anniston, AL

#152 Feb 26, 2012
I'm scheduled for a permanent Boston Scientific on Tuesday. They (Dr. and Ins co.) reqiured that I do a trial for the SCS for a week before making a decision. For the time I had it, I thought it was great. My Doctor has warned me to be careful, and he had to pull some leads out of a persons ribs. etc...
He prescribes a brace, to hold the stimulator and leads in place (somewhat) for a month or till the leads, scarring are healed and in place.
Has anyone else worn a brace or support post-op? Is this new, or just a part that is avoided, or overlooked by other physicians?
I hope the support/ brace helps to prevent the nightmarish stories that I have just read. Does anyone write success stories, or is there no success?
tony

Anniston, AL

#153 Feb 26, 2012
christine wrote:
<quoted text>i have had mine for 4years now iam off methadone and i can walk with very little pain i belive they do work and they are done on a save a day so little down time mine needs to be charged 1 time a week and from the chest to the toes can be blocked from pain so go for it man it does help
I needed to hear a good story.
melissa

Tulsa, OK

#154 Feb 27, 2012
I had a neurostimulator implanted in my right lower back in may 2010. It worked at first then it started to not to cover my back or left leg pain at all. I meet with my programmer and we changed programs and that worked for awhile too, then I started getting horried leg cramps in left leg and uncontrolled twitching. My doc won't see me he says to call my programmer. Nothing helps anymore and I have so many unanswered questions that no one can seem to answer.
Nadja Cruz

Fort Myers, FL

#155 Feb 28, 2012
Roger wrote:
Has anyone experienced problems with MDT's line of the spinal cord devices?
Good Day !
Yes I have, it shorted out on me, the leads moved burnt my liver, spleen,intestine and stomach, i ended up with a pic line in my arm and in the hosptial for 3 wks more
Nadja Cruz

Fort Myers, FL

#156 Feb 28, 2012
tony wrote:
I'm scheduled for a permanent Boston Scientific on Tuesday. They (Dr. and Ins co.) reqiured that I do a trial for the SCS for a week before making a decision. For the time I had it, I thought it was great. My Doctor has warned me to be careful, and he had to pull some leads out of a persons ribs. etc...
He prescribes a brace, to hold the stimulator and leads in place (somewhat) for a month or till the leads, scarring are healed and in place.
Has anyone else worn a brace or support post-op? Is this new, or just a part that is avoided, or overlooked by other physicians?
I hope the support/ brace helps to prevent the nightmarish stories that I have just read. Does anyone write success stories, or is there no success?
Believe me the trial version works, then the perminant one is implanted and all things go wrong.. I work in the ER of the hospital where I live, and I watched people come in with complications and get admitted to have them removed, so I hesitated with getting mine, but the pain was worse then the fear, and all went down hill from there, it fried my stomach, spleene intestine and liver
Nadja Cruz

Fort Myers, FL

#157 Feb 28, 2012
KIsaac wrote:
I have had a stimulator implanted in 2007 that was either not implanted correctly or moved immediately after surgery. I feel stimulation in my chest and upper body which is very uncomfortable. I think it may be the device. I have a precision also. Help. Is there a class action for the victims?
Becareful, sounds like your leads moved like mine did, get a back xray to see if the leads moved up from you raising your hands over your head to much, you will end up back in the hosptial like i did , then have infection control in your room demanding it be taken out before I was poisioned with sepsis, from the battery...
erma

Fairhope, AL

#158 Feb 29, 2012
Joyce wrote:
I had a meditronic SCS fitted in my upper spine on the 20th November 2006 to mask neuropathic pain after mastectomy surgery. Since then I have had additional chronic pain in my spine where the SCS was inserted. Any exertion causes extreme rippling pain across my shoulders and down my spine. After a couple of years trying to get someone to believe me that something was pressing on a nerve in my spine I have had to accept that this too is neurpathic pain. The original pain is only slightly masked. Has any one else found that instead of helping relieve existing pain the spinal cord stimulator has resulted in much more debilitating pain?
Yes. I was hospitalized in ICU becauseof so much pain, it caused damaged to my heart.
erma

Fairhope, AL

#159 Feb 29, 2012
I finally got my stimulator removed. Another doctor removed it> The dr, that put it in would not do it but he did give the other Dr. permission to do so after my primary Dr. a neurosurgeon, and my cardiologist all said it was causing me to suffer from an incresed heart condition. He was upset, but he did admit me to a hospital for removal, I stay five days. I am so much better,at at least 60%. I can now pick up my feet and walk instead of dragging them and having my family support me to keep from falling.
bberta

Spearfish, SD

#160 Feb 29, 2012
Has anyone tried legal action to get compensation for failed systems ?????

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