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Korean J Pain 2012; 25(3): 143-150

Published online July 31, 2012 https://doi.org/10.3344/kjp.2012.25.3.143

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Spinal Cord Stimulation in Pain Management: A Review

Young Hoon Jeon, MD*

Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.

Correspondence to: Young Hoon Jeon, MD. Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University, 130 Dongdeok-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu 700-721, Korea. Tel: +82-53-420-5871, Fax: +82-53-426-2760, jeon68@knu.ac.kr

Received: June 1, 2012; Accepted: June 8, 2012

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Abstract

Spinal cord stimulation has become a widely used and efficient alternative for the management of refractory chronic pain that is unresponsive to conservative therapies. Technological improvements have been considerable and the current neuromodulation devices are both extremely sophisticated and reliable in obtaining good results for various clinical situations of chronic pain, such as failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, ischemic and coronary artery disease. This technique is likely to possess a savings in costs compared with alternative therapy strategies despite its high initial cost. Spinal cord stimulation continues to be a valuable tool in the treatment of chronic disabling pain.

Keywords: angina pectoris, complex regional pain syndromes, failed back surgery syndrome, ischemia, spinal cord stimulation