There are two main factors doctors consider when determining if a patient is a “good” candidate for spinal cord stimulation:
- Pain after back surgery: Is the patient experiencing pain after back surgery?
- Duration of pain: Has the patient’s pain last longer than 6 months after back surgery?
Other factors that can affect candidacy include:
- Pain characteristics: Is pain radiating down the arm or leg?
- Previous procedures: Has the patient tried other minimally invasive procedures?
- Severity of pain: Is the patient’s pain so sever that it’s preventing them from conducting basic daily activities?
- Other conditions: Does the patient have chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?
Listen to Dr. Eric DePopas discuss these factors to help assess your candidacy for spinal cord stimulation.
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