My spinal cord stimulator has reached its' end of life after 9 years, and my doctor is making arrangements with my insurance company to replace the battery. If anyone has been through this replacement, could you please tell me what the recovery was like, and how many days you were off from work, if any? Thanks in advance for your help!
Healing time after spinal cord stimulator battery replacement?
Question posted by MeggieGirl on 1 Oct 2018
Last updated on 12 April 2022 by Momma21
I had my neurostimulator replacement battery surgery done on Monday April 4th and I'm still sore but my incision is also itching so the incision site is healing. I would give yourself a month to 6 weeks to heal completely and definitely ask to have the incision glued.
Your recovery time from this procedure should be no more than one week to four weeks. I offer up the longer time frame because many things can happen after surgery and we all react differently. I know patients who have had this procedure done and been back at work within two or three days, while some have taken longer. Now that’s referring to work - the two to three days or a week. Pain and swelling at incision sites can certainly last longer and you need to discuss those things with your physician/surgeon as well. All this however, will depend on your physical condition and your body’s reaction to the minor surgery.
Note that given the improvement in battery technology this should be the last time you will have to have the battery replaced - dependent upon the brand of device you have implanted. Discuss that issue with your physician and/or the device manufacturer - who should have both a representative for your region/area assigned to you directly/personally and they will have a national phone number for you to reach out to them. They should be able to answer many questions you may have and it’s important you stay in touch with them. That regional/local representative assigned to you for your device can also be a go between should you need help post surgery or before hand who should be able to get in touch with the medical professional doing the battery replacement.
I wish you well. Take your vitamins post surgery even if you don’t normally take anything it will likely be helpful, eat a balanced diet with as many greens as are reasonable for you, while eating lean meats and while rest and care of the surgical site will be crucial - don’t be too sedentary, as that can make these types of procedures problematic afterwards and cause things like extra scar tissue, swelling, and fluid buildup that can easily be avoided.
Best Wishes, I’m sure all will
The healing time is difficult to determine because each individuals body recovers in different ways , some faster than others .
I have a nevro HF 10 stimulator implant and I was told the battery replacement healing time is the same as when it was put in , because it needs to be taken out n a new one replaced , and new programming needs to be done to suit ur pain needs . I was in hospital for 2 days . ( should of stayed longer as I could hardly walk ) It was very hard to walk up my staircase to my bedroom for at least a fortnight , I unfortunately got a nasty heamotoma and terrible bruising n swelling for about a month . So I would be enquiring with your surgeon and going off what it was like when u first had it done . Get a lot of rest as this helps the healing process ,even a walking Cain can help take the pressure off ur back n neck if it is hard to stand ,
good luck and hoping it all goes well for u .
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