What are the benefits of peripheral nerve stimulation for the treatment of chronic pain syndrome (CPS)?

Updated: Jan 14, 2020
  • Author: Manish K Singh, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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A study by Colini Baldeschi et al indicated that peripheral nerve stimulation can also effectively reduce chronic neuropathic pain resulting from a peripheral nerve lesion. In the study, patients in whom this condition had proven refractory to conventional surgical or pharmacologic treatment underwent peripheral placement of an implantable pulse generator near the stimulation site. By 6-month follow-up, 69% of these patients had experienced a reduction in the pain numeric rating scale of over 50%, while quality-of-life physical and mental indices in the study patients rose by 18% and 29%, respectively. In addition, 55% of patients no longer needed analgesic drugs, while 16% underwent a reduction of these agents. [33]


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