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Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial Post Op Ins

Overview

The following instructions are to guide you through your post-operative period.

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. Caregivers will monitor you closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your caregiver says it is okay.

 

  1. Do not get your dressing or equipment wet. Sponge baths only.
  2. Reinforce dressing if needed.
  3. Use caution when bending at the waist, twisting and lifting your arms above your shoulders. This will reduce the possibility of lead movement which may result in loss of stimulation.
  4. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while stimulator is turned on.
  5. Coumadin and Plavix should be held for the duration of trial.
  6. Lovenox should be held 24 hours before trial and 24 hours after lead insertion. Then resume Lovenox. Then hold Lovenox again 24 hours before and after lead removal.
  7. Write in your pain Journal three times per day.

Medications

You may need any of the following:

  • Pain medicine takes away or decreases your pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
  • Antibiotics are given to prevent or treat an infection caused by bacteria.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell them if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to followup visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow Up

Contact primary healthcare provider or surgeon as directed:

  • You will need to have the temporary SCS removed or replaced with a permanent SCS. After the permanent SCS is placed, you will need to return to have your stitches removed and the device checked. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
  • Your incisions become swollen, red, more painful, or have pus coming from them.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Safety

Follow these safety instructions for 6 to 8 weeks or as directed by your primary healthcare provider or surgeon:

  • Do not bend at the waist, twist, stretch.
  • Do not sleep on your stomach.
  • Do not lift anything heavier than 5 pounds.
  • Do not drive until your primary healthcare provider says it is okay.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR SCS

 

  • Your primary healthcare provider will give you an identification card with information about your device. Keep this with you at all times. Show the card to all your caregivers and tell them you have an implanted SCS. Some tests and procedures may damage the SNS.
  • Turn off the SCS before you walk through a security system, including in stores. The SCS can set off security systems. Metal detectors and security systems can also
    increase the stimulation from the SCS. Show your identification card and ask to get through security points without going through security systems.
  • Turn off the SCS before you drive or operate machinery or power tools. Microwave ovens are safe to use.
  • The device can damage or erase credit cards and computer disks. Keep them at least 2 inches away from your SNS.
  • Ask your primary healthcare provider for instructions on bathing and swimming once your wound has healed.
  • Ask your primary healthcare provider before you scuba dive or enter a hyperbaric chamber. These activities can cause the leads to move and increase pain.

Wound Care

Contact primary healthcare provider or surgeon as directed:

  • You will need to have the temporary SCS removed or replaced with a permanent SCS. After the permanent SCS is placed, you will need to return to have your stitches removed and the device checked. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
  • Your incisions become swollen, red, more painful, or have pus coming from them.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Reasons to Call Your Doctor

 

  • You have a fever.
  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You have back pain, numbness or tingling in your arms or legs, or muscle weakness.
  • You have difficulty urinating or having a bowel movement.
  • You have a stiff or sore neck.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • You have a severe headache or a seizure.
  • You become confused or feel faint.
  • You are unable to move part of your body.

 

Call the clinic at 727-MY-SPINE if you experience increased redness, drainage, swelling or pain at the lead insertion site, or if you develop a fever over 100˚F.

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