What is the role of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in the treatment of low back pain (LBP) and sciatica?

Updated: Aug 22, 2018
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) consists of epidural electrodes placed transcutaneously and connected to a subcutaneous generator or antenna. These are first implanted on a trial basis for 3-7 days after psychology clearance. Following a good response to the trial, they can be implanted and secured for long-term use.

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is primarily implanted in patients in the United States for the treatment of failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). [210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224] Multiple systematic reviews have been performed with the first review published in 1995. [214]


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