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Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation for Chronic Groin Pain: A Review

Published:June 13, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/ner.13468

      Abstract

      Introduction

      Chronic neuropathic groin pain develops in a significant number of postsurgical patients; however, multiple etiologies have been identified, and this makes it a challenging condition to treat. While treatment often involves a multimodal approach, advancements in neuromodulation technology, particularly dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation, have benefited patients plagued by chronic pain refractory to standard treatment modalities. Our goal was to provide a definitive source of information for interventional pain physicians regarding groin pain and the use of DRG stimulation for its treatment.

      Materials and Methods

      In this narrative review, we provide an overview of groin pain and discuss potential pain generators. We also outline appropriate treatment options with particular interest on DRG stimulation. Lastly, we provide a narrative review of the published literature regarding DRG stimulation for chronic groin pain from a variety of etiologies.

      Conclusion

      DRG stimulation has emerged as an alternative neuromodulatory technique for patients with chronic groin pain. While previous studies suggest substantial sustained pain relief with DRG stimulation in this patient population, prospective randomized controlled studies are necessary before formal recommendations can be made.

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