Spinal cord stimulation in peripheral vascular disease: a retrospective analysis of 95 cases

Pain Pract. 2001 Dec;1(4):324-31. doi: 10.1046/j.1533-2500.2001.01033.x.


Spinal Cord Stimulation is one of the interventionist treatments used for treating diverse chronic pain syndromes. This study analyses retrospectively 95 patients diagnosed as suffering from grave peripheral arteriopathy in Fontaine state III (36 patients) and Fontaine state IV (56 patients). Eight patients required a minor amputation and 29 a major amputation. Those patients diagnosed as suffering from diabetes (diabetic arteriopathy) had a higher rate of amputation, above all those diagnosed as Fontaine group III. The most frequent complication was incorrect stimulation (22 cases), which necessitated the repositioning of the electrode.