Treatment of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome with a Spinal Cord Stimulator -A report of 2 cases-

척추수술후증후군에서 척수자극술을 이용한 치료경험 -증례 보고-

  • Park, Chan Hong (Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu) ;
  • Cho, Chul Bum (Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu)
  • 박찬홍 (대구가톨릭대학교 의과대학 마취통증의학교실) ;
  • 조철범 (대구가톨릭대학교 의과대학 마취통증의학교실)
  • Received : 2006.03.10
  • Accepted : 2006.06.08
  • Published : 2006.06.30


Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been used since 1967 for refractory chronic pain. SCS has recently undergone a variety of technical modifications and advances, and it has been applied in a variety of pain conditions. SCS has been most commonly applied for those patients with chronic back and leg pain and failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). The clinical hallmark of FBSS is chronic postoperative pain. The pain pattern varies and the pain may show an axial or radicular distribution. Chronic intractable pain after FBSS is difficult to treat. This report describes our experience with treating chronic pain in two patients who suffered from FBSS with a spinal cord stimulator. A permanent spinal cord stimulator was implanted after a successful trial of stimulation with temporarily implanted electrodes. After 5 months of follow-up, the two patients had satisfactory improvement of their pain.


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