Dorsal column stimulation (DCS): cost to benefit analysis.

  title={Dorsal column stimulation (DCS): cost to benefit analysis.},
  author={S Bel and Bernhard Ludwig Bauer},
  journal={Acta neurochirurgica. Supplementum},
In order to analyse the ratio of costs to clinical benefit of the implantation of a neurostimulator (type Medtronic SE-4) we examined a group of 14 patients who required treatment for chronic lumboischialgia after repeated surgery for herniated discs. Over a period of two years we evaluated the pre- and postimplantation costs. The implantation of a DC-Stimulator resulted in a striking decrease in drug requirements, in the total time of clinical treatment, and in the degree of disability. The… CONTINUE READING
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