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2020 Jan




Predictors of Reduced Opioid Use With Spinal Cord Stimulation in Patients With Chronic Opioid Use.


Dougherty MC, Woodroffe RW, Wilson S, Gilles GT, Howard MA, Carnahan RM
Neuromodulation. 2020 Jan; 23(1):126-132.
PMID: 31602750.


Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has gained traction as an alternative to chronic opioid therapy in light of the opioid crisis. Prior reports vary widely in their estimates of its effect on opioid consumption. We therefore aimed to address the following questions: 1) Does chronic opioid use change after SCS? 2) Which patient characteristics predict reduced opioid consumption after SCS?