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Awake Implantation of Thoracic Spinal Cord Stimulator Paddle Electrode and Generator: 2-Dimensional Operative Video



Awake Implantation of Thoracic Spinal Cord Stimulator Paddle Electrode and Generator: 2-Dimensional Operative Video



Operative Neurosurgery 17(3): E100



In this surgical video, the operative technique is presented for awake implantation of a thoracic paddle electrode for spinal cord stimulation. In the first stage, a laminotomy is performed with the patient under conscious sedation. Once the paddle is in optimal position, the patient is tested intraoperatively to confirm adequate coverage and absence of untoward side effects. This paddle electrode is used for the trial period. If the patient derives satisfactory pain relief during the trial, they are returned for the second stage implantation of pulse generator, without moving the initial paddle electrode now already placed in an optimal location. Particular attention in this video is provided toward the optimal positioning and technique for the awake laminotomy to ensure patient comfort and reliability during testing, the use of extension leads tunneled opposite the planned pulse generator site, and the method of removing extension leads to preserve the placement of the initial paddle electrode.

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PMID: 30566657

DOI: 10.1093/ons/opy376


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