Common questions

Can you have an MRI with a neurostimulator?

Can you have an MRI with a neurostimulator?

While MRI scans are generally safe, routine procedures, they can interfere with the therapy delivered and the way neurostimulator devices work, possibly leading to injury. Before you get an MRI scan with any implanted device, you need to make sure that your device is eligible to receive that kind of scan.

How do you put a Medtronic stimulator in MRI mode?

Place the neurostimulation system in MRI mode before the MRI scan and outside of the MRI scanner room. When you or the patient activate MRI mode with the patient programmer, stimulation is turned off and the In MRI Mode screen will appear, showing the MRI scan eligibility.

Can you get an MRI with a SCS?

MRI Unsafe SCS Systems If you have either of these systems, you should not have an MRI. It may cause parts of the implant to dislodge, heat the neurostimulator or damage the implant, causing an uncomfortable or “jolting” sensation.

Can you go swimming with a spinal cord stimulator?

Can you go swimming with a spinal cord stimulator? During your spinal cord stimulator trial, you may not swim, take a bath, or otherwise get your back wet. Good news, though: this is temporary. When your permanent spinal cord stimulator is in place and the sutures are healed, swimming is okay.

What are the side effects of a nerve stimulator?

Some of the side effects and health problems associated with implanted vagus nerve stimulation can include:

  • Voice changes.
  • Hoarseness.
  • Throat pain.
  • Cough.
  • Headaches.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Tingling or prickling of the skin.

How long does it take to charge a spinal cord stimulator?

Once the charger has begun recharging the SCS device, it can take 45 minutes to several hours to charge, depending on the device.

Can you use a heating pad with a spinal cord stimulator?

Normal household equipment will not harm or interfere with the stimulator. This includes cellular or portable phones, microwaves, computers, TVs, appliances, electric blankets, and heating pads.

Does spinal cord stimulator need to be turned off for surgery?

Results: Generalized recommendations include turning the amplitude of the SCS to the lowest possible SETTING and turning off prior to any procedure. Monopolar electrocautery is contraindicated but is still often utilized; placing grounding pads as far away from the device can reduce the risk to device and patient.

What should I know about Medtronic model 37751 recharger?

To address this issue, Medtronic Australasia is providing information to health professionals, including instructions for patients on how to prevent this problem and restore functionality to unresponsive rechargers.

Is the Medtronic model 37751 used with neurostimulators?

Medtronic model 37751 recharger – used with neurostimulators. For a subset of patients receiving DBS therapy, in rare instances, this could lead to life threatening injury or death. However, as of 27 October 2016, there have been no reports of life threatening injury or death associated with this issue.

What kind of support does Medtronic give you?

Medtronic is committed to providing you with the highest quality products and services and ongoing support. As part of our commitment, we have created this forum to house important information learned from ongoing use and experience with our products.

What are the models of Medtronic spinal cord stimulation?

Models Affected: Model 37751 Recharger, which is included in Models 37754 and 97754 Charging Systems for SCS