Percutaneous Sacral Nerve Stimulation
Pelvic pain is a poorly understood phenomenon that is notoriously difficult to treat. Conservative treatment modalities like medication and nerve blocks are largely ineffective in this particular patient population rendering most of these patients debilitated and suffering. Spinal cord stimulation would seem to be the logical treatment option for these recalcitrant cases, and given the predominance of sacral innervation in the pelvic viscera, targeting the sacral nerve themselves for direct stimulation is obvious choice. Percutaneous sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) is a therapeutic option pelvic pain with demonstrated efficacy. In this chapter we present an overview of the implementation and the supporting evidence.
KeywordsNeuromodulation Sacral nerve stimulation Chronic pelvic pain Perineal pain Percutaneous sacral nerve stimulation Vulvodynia Rectal pain Anal pain Neuropathic pain Scrotal pain
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