What are the possible complications of occipital nerve stimulation?

Updated: Oct 11, 2018
  • Author: Antonios Mammis, MD; Chief Editor: Jonathan P Miller, MD  more...
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Placement of an occipital nerve stimulator is a relatively safe procedure with a low complication rate. The specific complications include the following: [14, 15, 16]

  • Lead migration or fracture

  • Surgical site infection

  • Wound erosion

  • Revision surgery for other reasons (primarily elective cosmetic adjustments to the leads) 

  • Hardware malfunction 

  • Battery failures

  • Inadequacy of stimulation-related coverage

  • Seromas

  • Hematomas

  • Pain and numbness at lead sites

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