Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) can help reduce or stabilize opioid use among chronic pain patients, according to the results of a new study. The number of opioid prescriptions filled and opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States has quadrupled since 1999, and some SCS patients may be high-dose opioid users by the time of implantation, according to researchers. They analyzed commercial and Medicare supplemental insurance data using the MarketScan Databases to determine opioid use before and after SCS implantation. They found that SCS was effective for patients at any level of opioid use before implantation, with 70 percent of patients who received SCS reporting declined or stabilized opioid use.
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