Six and a half years after vasectomy and almost 3 years since reversal, I am going to have a trial spinal cord stimulator (SCS) attached to my body on Monday, August 5, 2019, to see if it provides any pain relief. This will be somewhat of a guinea pig trial as there is no research on groin pain and dorsal column stimulators.
This first phase is a trial, and if it works, I will later do a permanent implant. Insurance company requires a trial because they don’t want to pay for a permanent device unless it is proven to work.
I have decided to try Nevro’s HF10 device first. If it doesn’t work, I might also try a device from Boston Scientific before having the leads pulled out of my body. If either one works, a different device (smaller and more expensive) will be surgically implanted inside my body. Battery is rechargeable and has to be replaced once every 6 to 10 years.
I have opted to try a SCS instead of going for denervation or orchiectomy because the SCS is more reversible. My cord block didn’t provide any relief, and I’ve had troubles with TRT, so SCS seems like a better route at this point.
I also have opted for a dorsal column stimulator instead of a dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulator for various reasons: (1) Nevro’s device produces no tingling, (2) dorsal column is less likely to experience lead migration, etc.