Overall, 83% of patients indicated they were willing to recommend PNS to a friend or family member, 74.4% reported overall satisfaction, and the average treatment satisfaction score was 7.63 on an 11-point scale, which the researchers called “remarkable.”

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In descending order, the reasons for patient dissatisfaction were the cost of the procedure, device malfunction, and unmet expectations. However, the researchers concluded that PNS can offer long-term benefits for patients with intractable headaches, and should be considered a viable treatment option.

Reference

  1. Lee PB, Horazeck C, Nahm FS, Huh BK. Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for the Treatment of Chronic Intractable Headaches: Long-term Efficacy and Safety Study. Pain Physician. 2015;18:505-516.