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What to expect during Stage one of InterStim surgery
Stage 1 of InterStim surgery is the test stage. It varies on how long you will have it. I had it for 7 days. I have been on many forums and have made many friends who have had it and most of them were 2-3 weeks of stage 1. I did meet a woman on facebook, who is from Europe and she had to wait 16 weeks! I don't know if I could have done that!
Anyway, they leads are connected (not on the sacral nerve) but just below it. Then the lead (wire in picture) is brought out through the back of your hip (lower back) and you have to carry it around like that during stage 1. The battery is heavy and awkward, especially when you are sleeping.
I wore sweat pants the entire 7 days and that battery pack would weigh them down all the time.
It worked for me almost immediately. I noticed a big difference. I am so glad I only had to wait 7 days for the permanent implant. Trust me the permanent implant is not this big!
There were times when I would catch the lead on something and it would pull and OUCH that hurt! It also freaked me out a bit as I was always nervous of the kids pulling on it, which happened a few times.
Anyway, it sounds horrible and scary and it really is not the funnest thing I have ever done, but definitley worth all the trouble.
I will post stage 2 surgery information next!