The first few weeks after an implant procedure should be dedicated to recovery. While recovery times for the procedure vary from person to person, most patients who receive an implanted neurostimulation system recover within six to eight weeks. If you receive a neurostimulation system, your doctor will likely advise you to resume your usual activities with some limitations. These limitations are intended to allow your body to heal around the implanted system. Support from family and friends can help during this important recovery period.
You should always follow your doctor’s instructions regarding restrictions during the recovery period. Listed below are some general restrictions that patients with implanted neurostimulation systems should follow during the first six to eight weeks after receiving their implant:
After your procedure, you will receive a system user’s guide. This guide provides a complete list of warnings and precautions for a neurostimulation system. For more information about warnings and precautions for a system, refer to our Important Safety Information page.
Within two weeks of the implant procedure, you will likely have a postoperative checkup. At this visit, your doctor will check the incision site. A St. Jude Medical representative will also be present to show you how to use the programmer and, if applicable, the charging unit.