WCTN: World Collaborative Textbook of Neurosurgery

IDEAL PATIENTS

Gender and Age

Literature has shown that the highest success rate and best prognosis is for males in their 40's. These tend to be the least medically complicated patients and have the physiologic reserve to heal very well.

Additionally, patients should be first-time operative patients.

Origin of Pain

Patients with pain originating in cervical spinal cord levels have proven to be easy to treat, whereas patients with pain originating from thoracic and lumbar levels have lower success rates.

The procedure is indicated strongly for pain of purely myelopathic origin. It is poorly indicated for pain of purely radiculopathic origin. As a rule, the more intervertebral spinal stenosis resolved on parasagittal MRI (and thus the greater the degree of radiculopathy), the poorer the indication for this procedure.

 

EXCLUSION CRITERIA

 1. Prior history of surgery within two vertebral levels of spinal cord segments at which pain originates.
 2. Age 80 or greater.
 3. Dementia or other psychiatric diagnoses that interfere with measuring pain
 4. Lack of exhaustive consideration of other treatments, both non-operative and operative (decompressive). 

 

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Severity of pain should be the main determinant in ranking the order in which patients will be treated.
 

NOVEL INDICATIONS

Ischemic Injury

Research[insert citation] has suggested that pain from ischemic spinal cord injury, such as that of transient anterior spinal artery occlusion, can be effectively treated with spinal cord stimulation. This deserves further consideration before wide implementation, but if extensively proven effective, it could be a beneficial option.

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Chapter List

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*New Table of Contents\

-VOLUME I: NEUROLOGY\

-*VOLUME II: GENERAL NEUROSURGERY SPACE HAS BEEN CREATED\

-VOLUME III: STEREOTACTIC AND FUNCTIONAL NEUROSURGERY yes\

-VOLUME IV: PAIN yes\

-VOLUME V: SURGERY FOR EPILEPSY SPACE HAS BEEN CREATED (but don't try to create pages, as we don't have any content to put into them yet)\

-VOLUME VI: ENDOVASCULAR NEUROSURGERY\

-VOLUME VII: NEUROLOGICAL ONCOLOGY yes\ .\ .\ -\ -\ _.\ .\ .\ .\ .\ .\ .\ .\ .\ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

-VOLUME I: FUNCTIONAL NEUROSURGERY

Chapter 9

-Chapter 10

-Chapter 11

-Chapter 12

-Chapter 13

-Chapter 14: Thalamic Ventral Intermediate Nucleus Stimulation for Essential Tremor

-VOLUME II: NEUROONCOLOGY

-Chapter 15: Histological Types of Tumors

-Chapter 16: Metastasis

-Chapter 17: Posterior Fossa Tumors

-Chapter 18: Meningiomas

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VOLUME III: GENERAL NEUROSURGERYChapter 32

-Chapter 33

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