Occipital nerve stimulation: Technical and surgical aspects of implantation

Terrence L. Trentman, Richard S. Zimmerman, David W. Dodick

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Abstract

Occipital nerve stimulation may provide pain relief for patients with otherwise refractory primary headache disorders. While this treatment modality remains an off-label use of spinal cord stimulator technology, a growing body of literature documents surgical techniques, stimulation parameters, complications, and outcome of this novel form of neuromodulation. This chapter will review occipital nerve stimulation, including surgical techniques and complications noted in the literature. A discussion of stimulation parameters used for occipital stimulation will be included. Prospective, blinded studies of occipital nerve stimulation may clarify the role of occipital stimulation in chronic headache management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPeripheral Nerve Stimulation
EditorsKonstantin Slavin
Pages96-108
Number of pages13
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

Publication series

NameProgress in Neurological Surgery
Volume24
ISSN (Print)0079-6492
ISSN (Electronic)1662-3924

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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Trentman, T. L., Zimmerman, R. S., & Dodick, D. W. (2011). Occipital nerve stimulation: Technical and surgical aspects of implantation. In K. Slavin (Ed.), Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (pp. 96-108). (Progress in Neurological Surgery; Vol. 24). https://doi.org/10.1159/000323043