Spinal cord stimulation: a contemporary series

Neurosurgery. 1991 Jan;28(1):65-70; discussion 70-1.


Forty-three patients with chronic pain disorders of different causes were selected for spinal cord stimulation. All underwent implantation of a ribbon electrode through a small laminotomy, under general anesthesia. Thirteen patients (30%) failed to obtain significant pain relief during a period of trial stimulation, and their electrodes were removed. The remainder underwent a definitive implant and were followed for a mean of 13 months (range, 3-33 months). Nineteen of them (63%) continued to experience pain relief. A detailed analysis of this series, as well as a literature review, is presented.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease
  • Electric Stimulation*
  • Electrodes, Implanted
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / physiopathology
  • Pain / surgery*
  • Palliative Care
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Spinal Cord / physiopathology
  • Spinal Cord / surgery*
  • Time Factors