Lucille is a 58 year old nurse who came to me wondering if she could have her spinal cord stimulator re-implanted. She previously had a stimulator that worked wonderfully, but during a revision surgery to replace a fractured lead the surgeon injured her spinal cord. When she couldn’t move her legs after surgery, the stimulator was consequently removed. She made a partial recovery.
We had a detailed discussion regarding the inherent risk of going back in and decided to try.
At surgery, we were able to dissect a new path for the stimulator and place it next to the spinal cord. She has noted significant pain relief since the revision.
Disclaimer: Although this is a real patient, I have used a different name for privacy protection and added a few details for educational purposes. This patient gave consent to have his case shared.