Utilizing 10kHz Stimulation to Salvage a Failed Low Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation Trial

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Orthopedic Reviews


Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a viable treatment option for chronic pain. One of the primary indications for SCS implantation is persistent pain after spinal surgery. Studies have demonstrated that these patients have a better response to SCS over conservative management or repeat surgery. Traditional SCS therapy uses parasthesias to overlap a patient’s pain pattern and provide relief, though some patients find this uncomfortable. To avoid the use of paresthesias, a 10kHz waveform can be utilized to provide a subthreshold level of high frequency stimulation to provide superior pain relief without paresthesias. Additionally, 10kHz stimulation may be used to salvage therapy when other forms of SCS have failed. Here, we present a case in which a patient was switched from traditional SCS to 10kHz in the middle of a SCS trial with lead placement revision to salvage SCS therapy.