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Am I a Candidate for a Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant?

Indications and Contraindications

Basic criteria that indicate someone might be a candidate for Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) or Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Stimulation:

Although many patients have benefited from Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) or Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Stimulation, these treatments are not right for every patient. Importantly, Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) or Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Stimulation should not be considered if the patient has a structural issue or lesion which is surgically correctable.

  • Chronic low back (lumbar) pain with or without leg pain
  • Chronic neck (cervical) pain with or without arm pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
  • Prior low back (lumbar) surgery (or surgeries) but pain remains (or worsens)
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome I (CRPS I)
  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome II (CRPS II)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Refractory angina
  • Other treatments attempted have reduced the pain
  • Chronic incisional pain post operatively
  • Failed back syndrome (FBS)
  • Herniated lumbar or cervical disc(s)
  • Radicular pain syndrome or radiculopathies resulting in pain secondary to FBS
  • Postlaminectomy pain
  • Multiple back operations
  • Unsuccessful disk surgery
  • Slipped disk pain that is unresponsive to conservative and surgical treatments
  • Peripheral causalgia
  • Epidural fibrosis
  • Arachnoiditis or lumbar adhesive arachnoiditis
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