Study: Spinal Cord Stimulation Not Cost-Effective for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome in Workers' Compensation Patients

Researchers found spinal cord stimulation is not a cost-effective treatment for failed back surgery syndrome among patients receiving workers' compensation, according to findings published in Spine journal.

Patients were split into three treatment groups: spinal cord stimulation, pain clinic and usual care. They found the cost for spinal cord stimulation patients over 24 months was $52,091. This cost was $17,291 higher than patients treated in the pain clinic and $28,128 higher than patients undergoing usual care.

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