Practice Parameters for the Use of Spinal Cord Stimulation in the Treatment of Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Physician Experience

Does physician experience (i.e., number of years/number of procedures/year) have an impact on SCS outcome?

No pertinent studies have been performed for SCS, but, for other therapies/conditions, retrospective studies show that high patient volume and increased physician experience correlate positively with improved patient outcome.

Strength of recommendation Evidence source(s)/rationale
B = Recommended
Uncertain validity, apparently useful
  • Weighing risk versus potential benefit and expert consensus reveals a good likelihood of a favorable outcome