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SCS for Neuropathy: Clinical Insights & Patient Impact

with Dr. Blake Parsons

In this episode, Dr. Blake Parsons talks through the role of spinal cord stimulation in treating vascular issues and diabetic neuropathy. He also discusses the growing presence of vascular specialists in clinics, the transition from procedural work to clinical involvement, and the significance of building a strong patient-doctor relationship.

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Ep 48 SCS for Neuropathy: Clinical Insights & Patient Impact with Dr. Blake Parsons
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Dr. Blake Parsons discusses SCS for Neuropathy: Clinical Insights & Patient Impact on the BackTable 48 Podcast

Dr. Blake Parsons

Dr. Blake Parsons is a practicing Interventional Radiologist in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Dana Dunleavy discusses SCS for Neuropathy: Clinical Insights & Patient Impact on the BackTable 48 Podcast

Dr. Dana Dunleavy

Dr. Dana Dunleavy is a musculoskeletal and vascular IR in Buffalo, New York.


The doctors highlight the effectiveness of Nevro 10 kHz therapy in providing long-term pain relief and sensory improvements for patients struggling with painful diabetic neuropathy, even after conventional treatments fail. Additionally, they touch upon reimbursement updates, the rise of outpatient care, and the future of spinal cord stimulation - emphasizing its potential beyond just pain relief to include improvements in patients’ overall quality of life, reducing risks related to diabetic foot wounds, and incidental falls. The need for a multidisciplinary approach in treating vascular and neuropathic conditions is also discussed, along with the role of interventional radiologists in managing these complex cases.


00:00 - Introduction
06:00 - Demystifying Spinal Cord Stimulation for Pain Management
17:11 - Optimizing Patient Care: Trials, Techniques, and Insurance
26:03 - Leveraging Telehealth and Support Teams for Patient Success
30:22 - Challenges and Solutions in Managing Peripheral Neuropathy
35:19 - Collaboration and Referral Dynamics in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
39:19 - Exploring the Future of Neuropathy Treatment and Quality of Life Improvements
43:46 - Addressing the Challenges of Permanent Implant Procedures
48:46 - Role of Technology and AI in Patient Management
56:31 - Concluding Thoughts on Neuropathy Treatment and Practice Dynamics


Nevro 10 kHz Therapy:

Effect of High-frequency (10-kHz) Spinal Cord Stimulation in Patients With Painful Diabetic Neuropathy: A Randomized Clinical Trial (JAMA Neurology RCT 2021):

Long-term efficacy of high-frequency (10 kHz) spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy: 24-Month results of a randomized controlled trial (SENZA-PDN RCT 2023):

Electrical spinal-cord stimulation for painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (Lancet RCT 1996):

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