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2022 Nov 21

Pain Pract

High-frequency (10 kHz) Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) as a Salvage Therapy for Failed Traditional SCS: A Narrative Review of the Available Evidence.


Traditional spinal cord stimulation (t-SCS) has been used to treat chronic pain for over 50 years. However, up to 30% of patients undergo explant, with the main indication being loss of efficacy (LoE), and few alternative treatment options exist for these patients. Strategies to mitigate LoE commonly include conversion to another type of SCS (termed 'salvage' or 'rescue'). This review summarizes the existing literature concerning the efficacy and safety of 10 kHz SCS as a salvage therapy.