Two surgeries do not always make a right: Spinal cord stimulation for failed back surgery syndrome

Phan Q. Duy, William S Anderson

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Failed back surgery syndrome (FBBS†) is characterized by chronic pain that persists following spine surgery. In this review, we discuss the use of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for FBBS treatment and how the clinical use of SCS may be influenced by private manufacturers. While SCS therapy can be promising for the appropriate patient, there remain knowledge gaps in understanding the full potential of SCS technology for delivering optimal therapeutic benefit. We caution that the use of SCS without a complete understanding of the technology may create exploitative situations that private manufacturers can capitalize on while subjecting patients to potentially unnecessary health and financial burdens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-331
Number of pages9
JournalYale Journal of Biology and Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2018



  • Chronic pain
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Spine surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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