Comparison of Spinal Cord Stimulators from Boston Sci., Nevro

Posted by elsa @elsa, Jul 26 10:13pm

I've lived with severe chronic pain in my legs and lumbar spine for the past ten years. Was on opiates for 8 years until I attended & graduated from Mayo's 3-week Pain Rehab Program in 2018. That program helped immensely and I got off 5 meds I used to take, including morphine and hydrocodone. Unfortunately, in the last year my spine health has worsened. I now have a toxic mix of scar tissue (from a dural tear during a microdiscectomy), stenosis at multiple levels, bulging discs and scoliosis. I am now scheduled to do a trial of Boston Scientific's "Wave Writer" SCS on August 10, 2020. Unfortunately my doctor did not guide me in the selection of this manufacturer/model. I did my own research. I considered doing trials of Nevro's HF-10 and Boston Scientific's Wave Writer. Finally decided on the Wave Writer.
I'm posting here to ask for people's knowledge of and/or experience with these two SCS's. Please reply if you can share any information. Thanks!

@elsa, great discussion to start. Choosing which spinal cord stimulator can be a challenge. To help you with your research, here's a list of relevant discussions on Connect that you may wish to review:
– Implantable neurostimulator for chronic pain https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/has-anybody-had-an-implantable-neurostimulator-for-chronic-pain/
– Has anyone one tried the HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulation Device?: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hf-10-spinal-cord-stimulation-device-relieves-back-and-leg-pain/
– Spinal cord stimulation: Will Nevro help when Medtronic didn't? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/nevro/
– Has anyone had the Stimwave spine stimulator installed? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/has-anyone-any-had-the-stim-wave-installed/
– T.E.N.S. for spinal stenosis pain https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/t-e-n-s-for-spinal-stenosis-pain/

What criteria are important for your decision making? What ultimately influenced your decision to choose the Wave Writer?

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I have the BSX wave writer(WW) since last December. Tried it to avoid surgery, have had 3 bad lumbar discs for 3 years. It has helped a lot. Especially no more severe pain spikes from out of the blue. They program 5 different settings and I use them all. But I need more either xlif or flowonix pain pump. The local reps from BSX are excellent.

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I have the BSX wave writer(WW) since last December. Tried it to avoid surgery, have had 3 bad lumbar discs for 3 years. It has helped a lot. Especially no more severe pain spikes from out of the blue. They program 5 different settings and I use them all. But I need more either xlif or flowonix pain pump. The local reps from BSX are excellent.

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@baq315a Why don't you want surgery. I had a nine hour surgery at Mayo #1 hospital in Rochester, MN. but they have two others. I had degeneration of my spine which cause a scoliosis and I had stenosis in my L4 and L5. It's a long recovery, but I had I on June 9th and I'm off of all pain pills. He had to go from T10 to my pelvis. My surgeon did not recommend any implanted pain like BSX wave writer, because it could cause to get infection. So I went for a year with my pain getting worse until the surgery. But my surgeon was great and was a Professor In spinal surgery plus other qalifications. Just a thought for you. I know it's scary, I wasn't scared I wanted my pain taken care of, I had my surgery on June 9th and I am all ready off of all my pain pills for 2 weeks. It was a big surgery and takes time to heal, I wear a brace and can't bend, Twist or lift anything over 10 pounds. I hope I didn't scare you, but most of my pain is gone. Best wishes to you and hope you get better without surgery, but that may be the only answer. I'm not a doctor.

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