Electrical stimulation of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves for pain control: A 10-year experience

Don M. Long, Donald Erickson, James Campbell, Richard North

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Patients who underwent implantation of dorsal column stimulators from 1970 to 1973 were reviewed 7-10 years following stimulation. The number who achieved satisfactory pain relief was not significant. The criteria for selecting these patients were reviewed utilizing those now used in 1980. 50% of the patients originally selected would now be rejected for psychological or drug-related reasons. This long-term evaluation indicates no benefit to the patients treated with spinal cord stimulation. However, it appears that psychological factors were the most important reasons for failure. A smaller group of patients studied for 3-5 years following implantation of epidural spinal cord stimulators achieved a 70% pain control rate. Selection factors that explain these differences are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-217
Number of pages11
JournalStereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981



  • Electrical stimulation
  • Pain
  • Spinal cord dorsal column

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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