Neurosurgical Procedures for Pain

Tabitha A. Washington, Khalilah Brown and Gilbert Fanciullo

in Pain

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Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199827602
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322909 | DOI:

Series: What Do I Do Now

Neurosurgical Procedures for Pain

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Neurosurgical techniques have long been used for the treatment of intractable pain. They have been considered the most logical treatment choice for pain in that they would cause a blockade of a patient's pain pathways and thus prevent the transmission of pain signals to the cortex. Over time, neurosurgical techniques have become more sophisticated and there are now multiple modalities being used to treat similar pain states. When determining whether or not neurosurgical intervention is warranted for a patient with intractable pain, many authors have offered that clinicians can pose themselves the question as to the nature of their patient's pain- intractability and quality of pain.

Chapter.  2186 words. 

Subjects: Neurology ; Pain Medicine

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