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What are some drawbacks of spinal cord stimulators for treating chronic pain?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Gofeld
Pain Management
4 doctors agree
In brief: Several
Spinal cord stimulation is a minimally invasive method of electrical modulation of nerve signals transmission to brain.
It may be effective for treatment of so-called neuropathic chronic pain. Patients with these implants cannot have mri, should notify tsa and generally should be aware of any strong magnetic fields. Complications include mechanical problems ( migration, disconnection), infection.

In brief: Several
Spinal cord stimulation is a minimally invasive method of electrical modulation of nerve signals transmission to brain.
It may be effective for treatment of so-called neuropathic chronic pain. Patients with these implants cannot have mri, should notify tsa and generally should be aware of any strong magnetic fields. Complications include mechanical problems ( migration, disconnection), infection.
Dr. Michael Gofeld
Dr. Michael Gofeld
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Dr. Milind Deogaonkar
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Implant
1. It's an implant, so you need device maintenance including regular charging 2.
Needs frequent reprogramming. 3. Does not help as much with axial back pain 4. Can not have MRI scans. 5. Small risk of electrode migration or break

In brief: Implant
1. It's an implant, so you need device maintenance including regular charging 2.
Needs frequent reprogramming. 3. Does not help as much with axial back pain 4. Can not have MRI scans. 5. Small risk of electrode migration or break
Dr. Milind Deogaonkar
Dr. Milind Deogaonkar
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Dr. Sassan Hassassian
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on patient
Scs therapy is an effective modality to relieve various chronic pain disorders.
It's an implanted device near the spinal cord. As with other implantable devices, there is risk for malfunction, migration, breakage, etc. As of now in 2011, scs implants are not compatible with mri, and patient cannot use mri. Ct scanning may be substituted.

In brief: Depends on patient
Scs therapy is an effective modality to relieve various chronic pain disorders.
It's an implanted device near the spinal cord. As with other implantable devices, there is risk for malfunction, migration, breakage, etc. As of now in 2011, scs implants are not compatible with mri, and patient cannot use mri. Ct scanning may be substituted.
Dr. Sassan Hassassian
Dr. Sassan Hassassian
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