Dr. Lubenow as part of the Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Consensus Group, evaluated peer‐reviewed literature on minimally invasive spine treatment (MIST) to construct guidelines for making treatment recommendations.
New research suggests that there are good alternative to the sole use of opioids to treat post-operative pain. Options range from preemptive anesthesia to mindfulness.
The burgeoning opioid epidemic has forced re-evaluation of use of opioids for long-term treatment of chronic pain, placing more emphasis on alternative and complimentary therapies. Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) may provide a much-needed alternative to opioid use for appropriate patients.