What are the possible adverse effects of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for the management 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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The most common adverse event reported in the literature is lead migration followed by lead fracture and infection at the incision site of the implantable pulse generator or in the surgical battery pocket. [224, 230, 231] Complications or adverse events were reported in up to 34% of SCS patients. [211] Based on guidelines reported by Guyatt et al, evidence strongly supports recommendations for clinical use of SCS on a long-term basis. [232]


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