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Human Studies

2021 Jul 22

Pain Manag

High-frequency (10 kHz) spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of focal, chronic postsurgical neuropathic pain: results from a prospective study in Belgium.


Chronic postsurgical pain (CPSP) is a common complication of surgery. This study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of paresthesia-free, 10-kHz spinal cord stimulation (SCS) as a treatment for CPSP. Subjects in this prospective, single-arm study had an average pain intensity of ≥5 cm on a 10-cm visual analog scale. The subjects who had pain relief of ≥50% (response) with temporary trial stimulation were permanently implanted with 10-kHz SCS and assessed for 1 year. At 12 months, 94% of subjects were responders to 10-kHz SCS, and 88% had pain remission (visual analog scale ≤2.5 cm). The pain relief was durable in CPSP subjects and the safety profile of 10-kHz SCS was as expected. VT005076953 (Privacy Commission of Belgium).