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2021 Dec 18


Postoperative Oral Antibiotic Use and Infection-Related Complications After Spinal Cord Stimulator Surgery.


Goel V, Kaizer A, Patwardhan AM, Ibrahim M, DeSimone DC, Sivanesan E, Shankar H
Neuromodulation. 2021 Dec 18.
PMID: 35088754.


Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is considered a minimally invasive and reversible neuromodulation therapy for various chronic pain disorders. The rates of infection following SCS surgery reported in the literature range from 2.8% to 10%. Several studies indicated no potential benefit of postoperative antibiotics (beyond 24 hours) on subsequent device infection. This study aimed to understand the characteristics of postoperative antibiotic prescriptions and subsequent infections following SCS surgery.