Practice Parameters for the Use of Spinal Cord Stimulation in the Treatment of Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Cost Effectiveness

Cost effectiveness:

SCS is cost-effective in the treatment of FBSS and CRPS and might be cost-effective in the treatment of other neuropathic pain indications.  The cost-effectiveness of SCS can be optimized by:  adjusting stimulation parameters to prolong battery life, minimizing the incidence of complications, improving equipment design, and  careful patient selection.

Quality of care:

A physician who offers SCS therapy should have successfully completed residency or fellowship training or a preceptorship in SCS (including proctoring by an experienced clinician) in a setting with an adequate patient volume to include candidates for a full range of procedures.