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Revista de la Sociedad Española del Dolor

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JIMENEZ-RAMOS, A. et al. Spinal cord stimulation in patients with chronic pain: disability and quality of life evaluation. Rev. Soc. Esp. Dolor [online]. 2010, vol.17, n.3, pp.147-152. ISSN 1134-8046.

Introduction: Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is a procedure for patients with chronic intractable pain of neuropathic predominance. The objective was to evaluate the disability and quality of life in patients with SCS. Material and methods: A retrospective, descriptive and longitudinal research study with 40 male and female patients from 30 to 70 years of age with a SCS system. The intensity of pain was assessed by means of Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), 1 month before and at 6 months after the implant. The Oswestry and the Fast-Espiditest disability indexes were used before and 6 months after the implantation. The statistical analysis of the results was performed using the ANOVA test using a p < 0.05 as significant. Results: A total of 88% of patients had neuropathic pain with an aetiological diagnosis of failed back surgery syndrome (67.5%). The baseline VAS score was 8.8 ± 1.1, at 1 month 3.5 ± 2.3 and 3.9 ± 2.0 at the 6th month (p < 0.001). The initial Oswestry Index was 65.5 ± 8.5 and the final one 43.8 ± 11.4 (p < 0.001). Using the Fast-Espiditest 10% of patients had moderate pain and 90% had intense pain at baseline. At 6 months 45% of patients had low pain, 37.5% moderate and 17.5% intense (p < 0.001). Conclusions: The SCS is an analgesic alternative for chronic intractable neuropathic pain management. It is a safe and successful technique, improving the disability and quality of life with minimum complications.

Palavras-chave : Spinal cord stimulation; Disability; Quality of life.

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