Has anyone had the Stimwave spine stimulator installed?

Posted by WS4K @ws4k, Dec 12, 2018

Hello to ALL! I have a severe back injury and even after three surgeries and several fusions, I am still experiencing severe and chronic pain. My pain management specialist is talking about a spine stimulator. After some research I located the Stim Wave. With this unit, only the leads are implanted. No wires come through. The antenna is worn like a pager on your belt.

Has anyone tried one of the Stim Wave stimulators yet? Any feed back on them?

@icecold

how did your trial go? did you end up getting the stimwave?

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Did you feel pain relief on the trial period ?

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Hi I know it’s been a while since you post about stimwave. Would you please share if you still have it? Is it helping you or helped with back pain? Thank You

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@ahayes

@ws4k I did have Stimwave implanted. If you are considering it for application at spine, it is worth considering. It is very high frequency, up to 1500, and higher than my Medtronic now can go.

The stimwave worked like a charm for my pain. However, I was having it implanted as a PERIPHERAL stimulator for my sciatic nerve in back of knee, to help my lower leg. The stimwave lead is very flexible, and this made me have problems with lead migration. I had 2 trials and 2 permanents. The reps for this company were working closely with my doc to determine best approach to stabilize the lead. Ultimately for me bc it was a peripheral application. and not a scs, it didnt work bc the lead was too flexible and unstable and they couldn't anchor the lead well. In an SCS application Stimwave is very stable from what my doctor told me and he uses it often.

Due to migration, lead breakage issues, and newness of the product and application for peripheral nerves we took stimwave out after the 2nd permanent system had a lead break or had a lead problem. I would say talk w ur doc closely to determine if this is right for you and your needs. Ask him how stable the lead will be and bring up lead migration. You'll know after the trial if it helps you. It helped me a lot but just wasnt right bc the company had not done many or any sciatic nerve peripheral cases. They do tons of scs cases so you would be having an approach that they vetted and tested more thoroughly.

As an aside, my case was so unique the CEO of the company was talking to my doc to give ideas in how to put in and anchor it to make it stay. This company is amazing and really supported me through the trials and difficulties I had making it work. One rep even stayed on the phone with me for hours as I was crying bc the lead moved and I could tell it wasn't working anymore. Kind people and they really care about patients and the product.

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Hi, and was taking the Stim wave lead out a big deal? Did you have another put in? I have had chronic abdominal pain from my cystectomy and/or hernia repair for about 6 years and have tried about everything. My doc has been doing the Stim wave for several months now, and wants to try it on me. Almost feel like a Guinea pig, but am desperate too. The only things I can seem to find are reviews or research that were sponsored by the company itself. Any of your thoughts would be appreciated. Thanx

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It is very easy to input and remove. The one thing I will tell you to ask the doctor is as follows:

How durable is this medical device, specifically, in the location you will be implanting it at, how likely is lead migration (movement of lead away from intended site). Is there anything at the site the lead needs to be that will help anchor the lead?
– I had too much lead migration with stimwave to use it as a Peripheral Nerve Stim. I tried and had it changed out twice. But, this was around my sciatic nerve right above the back of my knee (where that nerve splits into 2 branches). Thus, no real way to anchor it other than the 'barbs' of the lead that helps it stay in place. I went to an off-label use of a Medtronic stim because it had a lead with the right rigidity to be more durable.
– This is ALL site specific stuff. If your location of implantation will work better with the system, stim wave rep and your doc should know this. I was one of the first patients in the USA to have this device put in for a sciatic nerve use case. In many other sites…the stim wave holds up great. When mine did stay in place I got AMAZING results. It can go at a higher frequency/rate than any other stim on the market that I tried…and that's what seemed to benefit my pain so much.

We actually implanted all of my atimwave trials and Permanents in a fluoroscopy suite. So, yes. It was that easy. simple!!!

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@ahayes

It is very easy to input and remove. The one thing I will tell you to ask the doctor is as follows:

How durable is this medical device, specifically, in the location you will be implanting it at, how likely is lead migration (movement of lead away from intended site). Is there anything at the site the lead needs to be that will help anchor the lead?
– I had too much lead migration with stimwave to use it as a Peripheral Nerve Stim. I tried and had it changed out twice. But, this was around my sciatic nerve right above the back of my knee (where that nerve splits into 2 branches). Thus, no real way to anchor it other than the 'barbs' of the lead that helps it stay in place. I went to an off-label use of a Medtronic stim because it had a lead with the right rigidity to be more durable.
– This is ALL site specific stuff. If your location of implantation will work better with the system, stim wave rep and your doc should know this. I was one of the first patients in the USA to have this device put in for a sciatic nerve use case. In many other sites…the stim wave holds up great. When mine did stay in place I got AMAZING results. It can go at a higher frequency/rate than any other stim on the market that I tried…and that's what seemed to benefit my pain so much.

We actually implanted all of my atimwave trials and Permanents in a fluoroscopy suite. So, yes. It was that easy. simple!!!

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Many thanks for your reply and will be seeing him the end of the month. He has discussed it, and hopefully already have a date in March, or if a cancellation the end of feb. I will definitely ask about the migration, and awhile ago had a trial Boston scientific SCS, but did nothing. Mine will be placed to the right of my stoma, which is near my navel. It sounds encouraging for a change. The picture on the stim wave pamphlet shows exactly where my pain is. Again, thanks for the feedback!

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@scruffy1

Hello @ws4k , I had a Nevro stimulator implanted in August of 2017 because of general lower back pain that couldn't be relieved through any conventional means. I've had basically ZERO pain since then. Every month or so the last 5 bones in my back get misaligned and I need about a 2-3 minute adjustment by my chiropractor, and then: good as new! I charge my stimulator through induction every day for so – sometimes I forget for a few days but it doesn't matter. They tell me the effect doesn't "wash out" for a few days after the battery depletes. I live a normal life, virtually free of pain for the first time in 27 years. I've travelled to Europe several times and even to S. America and the Galapagos. I pack my charger in carry-on so as not to lose it. I even played 3 rounds of golf for 3 consecutive days just 8 weeks after the device was implanted. I do wear a back support when I play but only because my bad swing puts undue pressure on my back…and entire body 🙂 Since I've had the implant, Nevro had developed and had approved a newer model that is smaller. I think they just developed a smaller battery. Oh, and no parathesia with either device.

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About to have one! Feet neuropathy bad!

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my Dr wants me to get a ABBOTT nerve stimulator implanted, and I am so undecided as all actions up till now have failed to help stop the pain, there is one that might last 10 years on low, and must have battery recharged each day with a belt, and the other with 5 year battery that must be replaced in 5 years, I use a tens unit now and it helps a little but they say the wires all the way to the spine is a lot better, I read up on i and they are ok for MRI, has anyone had a ABBOTT ProclaimXR implanted? Please let me know as I must make my decision soon…am 85, had this pain since surgery in 1983, cant be up more than about 12 minutes without terrible pain,, I do need help.

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@wilcy

About to have one! Feet neuropathy bad!

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Please let me know how it works out, and hope the trial is good!

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@pvarn01

I'm on the fourth day of a Stimwave "Freedom" trial implanted in my upper back for lower leg sciatic pain. Two days to go.

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So how did things work out? I am fairly new here, and have chronic abdominal pain from 1-2 surgergeries. My pain doc recommended Stim Wave, and scheduled for April 10. Did you get the permanent Stim Wave?, and how are things? Is it really MRI comparable? , and easily removable in case of problems? Looking forward to hearing from you.

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HAS ANYONE had the Proclaim XR SCS system implanted in your back………..pain since 1983, operation didn't help, now at 85 a bit frightened about any cutting or injections but need help to stop pain. won't do opiods, so need info from patients of this product. My Dr wants an answer, must have an answer next week with appointment so PLEASE if you have any info I really need it.. I am without anyone to take this over with, I must depend on you.. thanks..Jeanne..

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I had Stimwave device placed in July 2019 and then had to have one lead replaced in dec2019 due to it migration into my chest that was shocking me so bad took 3 months for them to believe me that something was wrong . Now I’m dealing with constant program changes because it’s over stimulating other areas of my back and causing even more pain then I originally had . It’s been a nightmare . I live in Florida and as far as I have been told insurance and Medicare only pay for 1 unless you can prove device is malfunctioning or infection. If I could do it again I wouldn’t go with Stimwave . Having to wear this device on a belt 24/7 is like being on a leash it’s uncomfortable it moves around while your sleeping, if you take it off your not getting stimulation at least with the implantable battery your not tied to a leash you can go swimming and still get stimulation . I wish I had found this site before I went through with my decision . So please research ask questions . I didn’t want the implantable battery at first but I wish I had now . And went with a company that puts patients first over the almighty dollar .

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Am 68 with spinal stenosis! Have tried shots, drugs and nothing worked! Pain management suggested stimulator implant , 3 days ago I had a trail done! Wires put in next to spine! I have portable programmer on belt ! Works off radio high frequency radio waves! This doesn’t work for everyone! The wires have to be put in exact spot! So far it’s working! Have to wait 2 weeks before permanent controller can be install inside my back!

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