I am a
Home I AM A Search Login

Papers of the Week

Papers: 19 Mar 2022 - 25 Mar 2022

2022 Apr 01




A prospective long-term follow-up of dorsal root ganglion stimulation for the management of chronic intractable pain.


Eldabe S, Copley S, Gulve A, Baranidharan G, Bretherton B, Kansal A, Madzinga G, Brookes M, Thomson S, Duarte RV
Pain. 2022 Apr 01; 163(4):702-710.
PMID: 35302973.


Initial clinical studies have shown that the stimulation of the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) can significantly reduce chronic intractable pain. However, clinical data on long-term results and complications of these systems are limited. The aim of this prospective study is to report on a single center long-term follow-up of DRG stimulation for intractable chronic pain. Participants were implanted with DRG stimulation devices between 2013 and 2015 with an observation period of 24 months. Patients were contacted again in 2020 for a final follow-up (ie, between 5 and 7 years postimplantation). Forty-two participants were recruited, of whom 32 received the fully implantable pulse generator (IPG). At the final follow-up, 50% (16/32) of participants were still using DRG stimulation. Two participants still had the original IPG and 14 had received a replacement IPG. Pain scores were significantly reduced at 24 months, mean difference 1.7 (95% confidence interval: 0.2-3.3, P = 0.03), and at the last follow-up, mean difference 2.1 (95% confidence interval: 0.3-4, P = 0.03). Significant improvements were observed for health-related quality of life. The findings were generally robust to imputation methods of missing data. Implantable pulse generators of 8 patients were explanted because of dissatisfaction with pain relief. In conclusion, DRG stimulation can provide effective pain relief and improved quality of life in patients suffering with neuropathic pain, although this study had a revision rate of 42% within the first 24 months, and 56% of IPGs that were replaced because of battery depletion had a shorter than expected battery life.