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AFTER SURGERY
SPINAL CORD STIMULATION

IMMEDIATELY AFTER SURGERY

After your implant procedure, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions for post-surgery care and keep all follow-up appointments as scheduled.

Immediately following your surgery, you will likely feel some discomfort at the incision sites. Notify your doctor if you have any concerns.


POST SURGERY

You may also experience pain at the neurostimulator implant site after the surgery.

To allow time for healing, your doctor may recommend that you restrict your activity. You may need to avoid lifting, bending, and twisting movements.


COMMITMENT TO SUCCESS

Overcoming back and leg pain requires a commitment from you. You will learn how to operate the neurostimulation patient programmer and may participate in other pain treatments, such as physical therapy, to give you the best chance at success.

ONGOING CARE

Talk with your doctor about which activities you can do and when you should be a little more careful. Call your doctor right away if you:

  • Experience additional or unusual pain
  • Notice changes in the effect your therapy is having on your pain

Follow-up with your doctor to ensure that the spinal cord stimulation is working correctly and relieving your pain. There are many stimulation settings available, so what you walk out of the procedure with is not the only option.


RECHARGING YOUR NEUROSTIMULATOR

If you have a rechargeable device, you will need to recharge your neurostimulator regularly.


CONTACT US

Your physician is your first point of contact. If you need technical support, you may contact
Medtronic Patient Services at
1-800-510-6735.

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Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.