The referral of a patient to a neurosurgeon for pain relief was once considered bad news, because the choice of procedures was limited to the creation of lesions offering significant risk and only modest success. The good news is that much has changed. Advances in technology and an improved understanding of pain have added sophisticated options and have guided attention to more effective procedures. An awareness of these capabilities has expanded the surgical indications for pain relief so extensively that a recent definitive textbook discusses more than 30 types of procedures used in more than 18 major categories of pain.
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- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Clinical Neurology