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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2012 December;56(4):287-98

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A review on spinal cord stimulation

Falowski S. 1, Sharan A. 2

1 St. Lukes Neurosurgical Associates, St. Lukes University Hospital, Bethlehem, PA, USA;
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, USA


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Spinal cord stimulation has evolved since its inception. It has been used as a treatment option since 1967 with a concentration on chronic pain syndromes. This review will focus on reviewing the literature and the most recent publications, as well as a focus on the advancements in technology. The most common indications will be discussed as well as psychological screening, trials, implantation technique, and programming. Focused attention is on evolving technology and the direction of the field. This focus leans on the technology to keep pace with the evolving clinical needs.

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ashwini.sharan@jefferson.edu