Spinal cord stimulation as alternative treatment for chronic post-herniorrhaphy pain

Alexander E. Yakovlev, Mazin Al Tamimi, Giancarlo Barolat, Sergey A. Karasev, Yuri A. Merkulov, Beth E. Resch, Victoria E. Yakovleva

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Objective: Our goal was todetermine the efficacy of spinal cord stimulation for patients with intractable post-herniorrhaphy pain which conventional treatment failed to ameliorate. Procedure: The patients underwent an uneventful spinal cord stimulator (SCS) trial with percutaneous placement of two eightelectrode epidural leads (Medtronic Inc, Minneapolis, MN, USA) to level T7-T8-T9. Results: Upon experiencing excellent pain relief over the next two days during the trial, the patients were implanted with permanent leads and rechargeable or non-rechargeable generators two to four weeks later and reported sustained pain relief during following 12 months after implantation. Conclusion: We conclude that SCS offers an alternative treatment option for intractable post-herniorrhaphy pain. This type of treatment should be considered for use in a select group of patients when all conventional treatments failed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-291
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Abdominal pain
  • Dorsal column stimulation
  • Electric stimulation
  • Pain
  • Post-herniorrhaphy pain
  • Spinal cord stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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