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Hello, My pain management doctor has suggested that a spinal cord stimulator may be a good option to try and reduce my knee pain. I'm curious to see what others may have experienced with this.
I'm a 44 yo man that was healthy until my knee began hurting about 9 years ago with no injury. I've since had 6 arthroscopic surgeries. I've had 3 surgeries where they opened me up including an ACI, (carticel) bi-compartmental replacement and a total knee replacement in July of 2016. Following the tkr I had very limited range of motion. I developed arthrofibrosis where the scar tissue grew too rapidly to be corrected with therapy. I was unable to straighten my leg. I could only get it to about 20%. I had a scope to clear it out, and an impatient manipulation under therapy that still did not allow me to straighten it and continued to have a good deal of pain. I had a second manipulation around 8 months after the tkr that finally restored the ability to straighten my leg. I can only bend it to around 85% and still have constant pain. Last month I had a radio frequency ablation to burn the nerves. While the tests provided good pain relief, I'm about 6 weeks out and the pain is back to pretty much where it was prior. At my follow up last week he gave me the option of trying the spinal stimulator.
I've seen three specialists who have all said that there are no more surgical options. Due to the amount of surgeries I've had they say the risk is too great and that amputation could be a real possibility if they were to operate again.
My wife actually has a trial spinal stimulator put in last week due to multiple make surgeries. Afterwards I asked the doctor about the effectiveness they have for knee pain. Her doctor didn't feel that they were a very viable option for knee pain. My doctor who works at the same clinic suggested it as a viable option hours later.
Has anyone here had a spinal stimulator for knee pain, and what are your thoughts?
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