I began my DRG Trial Friday, December 1. It was performed as outpatient surgery. My actual time in surgery was close to two hours.
I was met at Surgical Center by three female reps wearing St Jude labels. I discovered later that St Jude was purchased by Abbot Labs who probably manufacture the Stimulator.
I was hooked up to IV and wheeled into Operating Room. I them climbed onto table onto stomach with knees and arms supported. I was awake when Dr gave me shots on each side of sacrum and then blessedly was given anesthesia while they placed four leads at S1 and S3.
After leads were placed I was awakened when Stimulator was activated. This did not hurt. I just felt light current in right leg, pelvis and buttock. Once they knew equipment was operational I was rolled to recovery.
I recommend anyone interested in this procedure google apaininthepelvis.wordpress.com. This gives pictures of backside lead placement and placement of generator. And yes your backside will really look like picture.
They began me at 33% current and I am about 58% now. I am able to sit better although driving is still a problem. I had a lot of spasms and tightness in perineum below rectum and pain in sacrum. I say I'm 30% better. I have not experienced any sacrum pain and intensity of spasms has decreased. I continue taking Lyrica and Tramadol as suggested by Dr. I am not in as much pain and some days have taken only one Tramadol.
Everyone will need to read previous posts to understand I never had some of the severe groin, pelvic or vaginal pain suffered by many. My Pain was strictly under rectal area and sacrum.
I will have temporary Stimulator removed Thursday and plan to have permanent implant performed.
I expected once DRG was working Pain would immediately dissipate. The Rep explained the longer you have implant the more relief you will experience. My Pain has been with me for seven years. My nervous system and brain will have to learn how to work together without brain signaling "you are in pain."
Sorry post is so long but hope it will help others. Feel free to ask any questions. Rocky68