Percutaneous trial of stimulation for patient selection for implantable stimulating devices

J Neurosurg. 1975 Oct;43(4):440-4. doi: 10.3171/jns.1975.43.4.0440.


The author describes a flexible electrode which can be inserted percutaneously for a period of several days in candidates for an implantable electrical stimulating device for pain relief. This allows the patient a trial of stimulation which closely mimics that of the intended implantable system. If this trial does not give adequate pain relief in a variety of situations, the patient is not considered to be a suitable candidate for an implantable device. The trial of stimulation in no way obviates the need for careful scrutiny of the social and psychological factors accompanying chronic pain problems.

MeSH terms

  • Electric Stimulation Therapy / adverse effects
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy / methods*
  • Electrodes, Implanted*
  • Humans
  • Pain, Intractable / therapy*
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Peripheral Nerves
  • Spinal Cord