Following spinal cord stimulator (SCS) implantation, postoperative pain is commonly incisional or neuropathic from neurological damage. Occasionally, this new pain may mimic symptoms caused by preexisting pathology. This article presents a case of immediate, severe, postoperative leg pain secondary to a lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and subsequent pulmonary embolism after percutaneous SCS implantation for failed back syndrome. The risk factors of DVT after spine surgery and perioperative prophylaxis are further discussed with a brief literature review. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: V.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
- Clinical Neurology