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My son's doctor recommended a dorsal column stimulator for his low back pain. How long do they last and how affective are they?
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Variable
A dorsal column stimulator can help in cases of back and leg pain that have poorly responded to advanced treatments such as surgery.
If a temporary trial of stimulation demonstrates coverage of the pain regions, then a permanent implant should give good long term relief. They can last for years, but may need reprogramming at different times during treatment.

In brief: Variable
A dorsal column stimulator can help in cases of back and leg pain that have poorly responded to advanced treatments such as surgery.
If a temporary trial of stimulation demonstrates coverage of the pain regions, then a permanent implant should give good long term relief. They can last for years, but may need reprogramming at different times during treatment.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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Dr. Stan Lee
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Use extreme caution
It is extremely difficult to isolate an anatomic origin for low back pain.
Therefore, it is extremely difficult to successfully treat low back pain with invasive measures such as injections or spine surgery, including a dorsal column stimulator. Though back pain can be severe, treating with invasive measures without identifying a definitive pain source can lead to unnecessary risk and poor outcome.

In brief: Use extreme caution
It is extremely difficult to isolate an anatomic origin for low back pain.
Therefore, it is extremely difficult to successfully treat low back pain with invasive measures such as injections or spine surgery, including a dorsal column stimulator. Though back pain can be severe, treating with invasive measures without identifying a definitive pain source can lead to unnecessary risk and poor outcome.
Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Lee
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