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2022 Sep 16

Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown)

Techniques for Safe Removal of Spinal Cord Stimulation Paddle Leads.


Topp G, Harland T, Spurgas M, Rock A, Pilitsis JG
Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2022 Sep 16.
PMID: 36227247.


Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a safe neuromodulatory treatment used to treat failed back surgery syndrome, chronic neuropathic pain, and complex regional pain syndrome. Despite its efficacy, some patients fail to achieve pain relief and elect to undergo removal of SCS paddle leads. The safety and best practices of these procedures have not been defined.