Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation has recently emerged as a treatment for persistent neuropathic pain, but the permanent implantation of stimulator leads and the pulse generator can be difficult and is sometimes associated with complications. We used a single-incision approach to tunnel and implant the leads and pulse generator for DRG stimulation treatment in a patient suffering from intractable foot pain. At long-term follow-up, the patient experienced a decrease in pain intensity and improvement in function, without any complications. A single-incision implantation technique for DRG stimulator implantation may simplify implantation and decrease the risk of complications.
From the *Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Palliative Medicine Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands; †Spine & Pain Institute of New York, New York City, New York; ‡Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City, New York; and §Department of Anesthesiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York City, New York.
Accepted for publication July 12, 2017.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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