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?

@wilcy

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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Great to hear it's helped you. I am scheduled for Stim Wave for the abdominal pain, on April 10. Before that, March 13, having ACDF (anterior cervical disc fushion). on c5-6 and c 6-7. Hopefully, will be relatively pain free this summer.

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Have lumbar spinal stenosis! Am 68 with 6 years remission of colon cancer! Have had surgery etc! Last week had temporary spinal cord stimulation! 2 wires next to spine! 80% pain free! In 2 weeks going to have wires replaced and battery pack module installed in butt cheek permanently! Will have remote control! Waiting 2 weeks to make sure of no infection before the minor surgery!

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@wilcy

Have lumbar spinal stenosis! Am 68 with 6 years remission of colon cancer! Have had surgery etc! Last week had temporary spinal cord stimulation! 2 wires next to spine! 80% pain free! In 2 weeks going to have wires replaced and battery pack module installed in butt cheek permanently! Will have remote control! Waiting 2 weeks to make sure of no infection before the minor surgery!

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Great, and good luck to you regarding the permanent one and your cancer too.

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@quark

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

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Trial went good! Going to have permanent in one more week

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@wilcy

Trial went good! Going to have permanent in one more week

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Good to hear it, but mine is not a spinal cord stimulator, just a Stim Wave intervention for abdominal pain. And will be in my abdomen, and good luck too!

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@quark

Good to hear it, but mine is not a spinal cord stimulator, just a Stim Wave intervention for abdominal pain. And will be in my abdomen, and good luck too!

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Good luck to ya

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@quark

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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Hi, I had a Boston scientific stimwave inserted in 2018. Unfortunately it was not successful. I understand your inability to find out any concrete information on the product itself from individuals having one. Everything seems to be advertising for their product. My whole lower back is fused which left me with bilateral drop feet and severe peripheral neuropathy. Doctor thought the stimulator would give me pain relief. I had many problems charging my unit. Would sit for 3-4 hours and just couldn’t get a charge. When I did manage to get a charge I felt no difference in my pain levels. The reps that were assigned to me for help left a lot to be desired. The fact that I live in a remote area didn’t help. Many unanswered phone calls and little help with my problems. I understand that this is a big problem within all the major SCS companies. I have resorted to just turning my unit off and awaiting its removal. My pain doctor is strongly suggesting the Nevro unit as he has had such success with it. I haven’t decided what road to follow as yet. I strongly suggest you look into the availability of good reps for whatever unit you decide upon. My heart aches for you as I truly understand where you’re coming from. Pain is not fun and the inability to not be productive is awful. If I can answer any questions for you I’ll be more than glad to share my experiences with you. Good luck with your decisions.

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I must apologize. I have the Boston Scientific “Wavewriter”. Is this the unit you were referring to?

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@cordy

I must apologize. I have the Boston Scientific “Wavewriter”. Is this the unit you were referring to?

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No, it's not a spinal cord stimulator , and it's Stim Wave technology. It's sort of similar, but they can put the very small leads close to where the pain in, but under the skin. It's then controlled with some sort of hand held piece, and it's relatively new technology.

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@wilcy

About to have one! Feet neuropathy bad!

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Canceled due to virus

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I would like to know if anyone has a Bost. sci wavewriter for lumbar area problems like I do. For some reason my left cluneal nerve is still very painful. My doc is looking into whether he can implant the stimwave as a second device. Any one like that? I don't want 3 level fusion surgery.

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