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    I am scheduled to have my permanent Interstim implant next week: my trial was extremely successful. I have been very relaxed about the two-week recovery time I have given myself but I've just read a post that made me a little concerned -- one patient indicated a 6-week recovery time. Of course I will ask my physician, but can others who have had successful experiences let me know how long they were away from work? I do not have a high-activity level job (physically). Thanks so much.

  • #2
    Hi, I went back to work a week after my permanent interstim was implanted. I had no complications, knock on wood.
    current meds- ditropan 5mg xl, neurontin 300 mg. zanaflex for pelvic floor spasms Most meds, IC meds included, cause me bladder pain

    previous med- elmiron( nothing after 8 months), atarax ( to sleepy), ditropan ( retention), Cymbalta, cystoprotek( worsened flare) has helped many others, aloe vera ( worsened flare), lyrica( irritated bladder.

    interstim implant (reduces my ic pain)January,2007


    • #3

      Thank you so much!


      • #4
        I also went back a week after the permanent implant was put in... basically, my doctor scheduled a post-op visit for one week after the implant surgery, and so I stayed home until that appointment. At the appointment he pulled out my stitches and told me I was good to go, so I went back to work the next day

        *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
        *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
        *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
        *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

        **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.


        • #5
          Thanks for Information RE Permanent Interstim Recovery Time

          Thank you so much. I truly am excited about the possibilities even as I realize that not everyone has success with this procedure. I appreciate the information.


          • #6
            I was one who was off 6 weeks in order to let the scar tissue to start to develop. Most people can be off just a week or two but I had to be off 6 because my job involves lifting and bending repeatedly and my Dr. and I wanted to make sure that things stayed put! It wasn't a pain thing at all. I just took medical leave. FMLA... If you are in the U.S. your work has to give it to you. You just have to have it preapproved.
            Last edited by babybuns; 01-26-2011, 05:12 PM.
            This diagnosis is just one more thing in a list of annoying other condidtions I have like many of the rest of you...


            NOTHING THOUGH will DEFEAT ME!
            IC/PFD Diagnosed July 2009

            Bipolar (diagnosed at 30) ( Which means I am VERY wary of taking any other kind of antidepressants) currently on Trileptal, Seroquel.. Can't even REMEMBER all the ones I can't take

            IC Diet since 7/2009
            Interstim Implant 10/2010

            Fibromyalgia (14)
            TMJ (Adult)
            IBS (Diagnosed at 35)