Occipital Nerve Stimulation and Deep Brain Stimulation
Intractable pain remains a major burden for the patients. Recent advances in neurosurgery have allowed the development of safe and effective techniques to treat a variety of pain syndromes. Spinal cord stimulation is now an approved treatment for painful conditions such as causalgia, post-herpetic pain and Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. Occipital nerve stimulation is effective for treating occipital neuralgia, cluster headaches and many types of migraine. Deep brain stimulation achieves good control for post-stroke pain and many types of facial pains. Such techniques have the added advantage of being non- destructive and largely reversible.