Spinal Cord Stimulators – MRI scans never again


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Spinal cord stimulators may not help, but once placed, the wire leads can never be removed. People do not realize that they can never have an MRI scan no matter how much they need one. Wire leads are placed on the spinal cord and powerful magnets cannot go near those wires.

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It’s tragic. Patients say no one told them. People live for decades with useless hardware embedded on their cord. The wires become encased by scar on nerve tissue, the cord itself. Should that person ever develop cancer, stroke, infections, seizures, Multiple Sclerosis, fractures, etc, and need a scan, an MRI is not possible.

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It’s easy to ignore any future need for MRI scans when all the experts are giving an ultimatum telling you these stimulators can help your pain. With CDC’s lower opioid guidelines in March 2016 that dropped doses for millions, there might even be a huge bonanza for the companies that make these partially tested devices.

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A list of words in the informed consent is not the same as seeing videos of patients who have had to deal with serious problems from them. It’s very sad, tragic, facing cancer or other conditions that cannot be studied adequately.

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After billions in profit, there is no long term study showing how effective they are after five years, and even after two. It’s time to know the true cost and benefit analysis. But that will never be known, not once the green light was given and money started rolling in.

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4 Responses to “Spinal Cord Stimulators – MRI scans never again”

  1. Paul P. Zawicki Says:

    There was a study cited by a RSD guest speaker (MD) who stated that a stimulator worked for about 3 years and after those years there was no difference between having a stimulator or not having one in terms of pain.

    • Nancy Sajben MD Says:

      There was a 5 year study by Netherlands as I recall. No help after two years. Be aware I see many people who had problems after a few days and it had to be turned off. Some of them have posted on this site.

  2. Robert Says:

    What about this article that says they have MRI compatible spinal cord stimulators? Is this true? Your thoughts are appreciated. https://professional.medtronic.com/mri/surescan-mri-clinicians/scs/surescan-system/index.htm#.WN2pui82zIU


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