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

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Department of Neurosurgery, Philipps University of Marburg, Federal Republic of Germany.

Abstract

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 DCS provides a satisfying method of treatment for chronic lumboischialgia after repeated surgery for herniated discs. Despite relatively high primary costs, treatment with a DCS results in a significant decrease in the accumulated expenses in comparison to other methods of medical treatment in similar cases.

PMID:
1838854
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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