How do COVID-19 management strategies impact chronic pain patients awaiting surgical procedures?


  • A clearer understanding of the impact of delaying spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in patients with chronic pain may help to better prioritize the procedure in patients with more severe symptoms.

Why this matters

  • COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020 by the WHO, in response, the United Kingdom was placed into lockdown on March 23 and NHS Trusts were instructed to discontinue all elective surgical procedures from April 15 onwards.

  • This telephone-based survey study aimed to assess the effect of these measures on patients with chronic pain awaiting a SCS procedure.