What are other complications from occipital nerve stimulation?

Updated: Oct 11, 2018
  • Author: Antonios Mammis, MD; Chief Editor: Jonathan P Miller, MD  more...
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Few major complications have been reported, and the minor complications are easily treatable and usually do not affect the efficacy of the therapy. The most common device related complications include migration, erosion, and infection. [17]

Compared with other forms of peripheral nerve stimulation, ONS generally has higher rates of complication, especially related to lead migration and infection. The long wire course from lead placement to the pulse generator, thin subcutaneous tissue in the scalp, and flexion, extension, and rotation of the head can lead to dislodgement of the leads. [18]


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