Spinal Cord Stimulation: Background and Clinical Application

  • Kaare Meier
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 7)


Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a surgical treatment for chronic neuropathic pain that is refractory to other treatment. Originally described by Shealy et al. in 1967(1), it is used to treat a range of conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS I)(2), angina pectoris(3), radicular pain after failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS)(4), pain due to peripheral nerve injury, stump pain(5), peripheral vascular disease(6) and diabetic neuropathy(7,8); whereas phantom pain(9), postherpetic neuralgia(10), chronic visceral pain(11), and pain after partial spinal cord injury(12) remain more controversial. SCS is not effective in relieving central neuropathic pain states.


Neuropathic Pain Diabetic Neuropathy Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Spinal Cord Stimulation Postherpetic Neuralgia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaare Meier
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  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery and Department of AnesthesiologyAarhus University HospitalAarhusDenmark

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