How long does it take to recover from a spinal stimulator implant?

If you need to have your spinal cord stimulator removed, the spinal cord stimulator removal recovery time is generally brief. It should take between two to four weeks for complete healing, but as with all medical procedures this varies from patient to patient.

How long will I be off work after spinal cord stimulator surgery?

But how long, exactly, does it take to recover from SCS surgery? Recovery usually takes about one to two weeks. However, this varies from person to person.

How long does neurostimulator surgery take?

The surgery typically takes up to 2 hours to complete and, is comprised of two parts: Placement of the lead in the epidural space of the spine. Placement of the pulse generator (in the buttock or abdomen) just under the skin.

Are you put to sleep for spinal cord stimulator surgery?

This procedure is done in a hospital or ambulatory surgery setting and requires general anesthesia (being put to sleep). A small incision is made in the lower back for placement of the electrodes as described in the trial. The electrodes are secured to the ligaments and bone of the spine.

Can you get a massage with a spinal cord stimulator?

These devices carry a list of serious possible complications, including blood clots, infection, and occlusions. At their best, patients with these devices can enjoy normal activities, including exercise and massage, but the access area may need special accommodation with position and pressure.

Can you shower with a spinal cord stimulator?

Swimming & Bathing You may not shower, bathe or swim with a trial SCS device in, nor can you participate in any of these activities until your sutures have completely healed. After you have your permanent device implanted and your sutures are healed, you can be submerged in water safely.

What are the side effects of a neurostimulator?

Lead migration, causing changes in stimulation or reduced pain relief. Epidural hemorrhage, hematoma, infection, spinal cord compression, or paralysis from placement of a lead in the epidural space. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage. Paralysis, weakness, clumsiness, numbness, or pain below the level of the implant.

Can you get disability for spinal cord stimulator?

To fight back, you’ll need evidence that documents your other limitations. For example, if you still experience negative side effects from your pain medications or need to take frequent, unscheduled breaks even with a spinal cord stimulator, you may still be eligible for long-term disability benefits.

Can you live a normal life with a spinal cord stimulator?

Living with a spinal cord stimulator for many people means living with less than half the pain they experienced in the past. That’s the short answer, but it holds true for the majority of patients who are good candidates for spinal cord stimulation.

Will a spinal cord stimulator qualify you for disability?