Spinal Cord Stimulation: Indications and Selection
The selection of proper candidates for implantable spinal cord stimulation is a critical factor for producing acceptable outcomes for patients suffering from severe pain. A device in the proper location with the appropriate programming will not be helpful if the patient is a poor candidate for the therapy or if the disease process does not respond to the application of spinal cord stimulation. This chapter examines important factors for selecting patients who may need a device for the treatment of pain. The selection process can be narrowed into two specific areas – patient-specific characteristics and disease-specific characteristics – and each will be covered in detail in this chapter.