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Appendix I: Principles of Programming of Neurostimulators

  1. Sam Eljamel2 and
  2. Konstantin V. Slavin3
  1. Sam Eljamel,
  2. Patrick Carena and
  3. Catherine Young

Published Online: 19 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118346396.app1

Neurostimulation: Principles and Practice

Neurostimulation: Principles and Practice

How to Cite

Eljamel, S., Carena, P. and Young, C. (2013) Appendix I: Principles of Programming of Neurostimulators, in Neurostimulation: Principles and Practice (eds S. Eljamel and K. V. Slavin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118346396.app1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Centre for Neurosciences, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee, Scotland, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Neurosurgery, University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago, Illinois, USA

Author Information

  1. Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 JUL 2013
  2. Published Print: 19 AUG 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118346358

Online ISBN: 9781118346396



  • neurostimulator;
  • programming


Although patient and target selection, and precise and accurate implantation of the neurostimulator play the most important roles to achieve the goals of neurostimulation therapy, programming the neurostimulator is as important. Despite what seems to be an impossible task or mission impossible, in reality programming can be very quick and easy to find the right programming parameters for a particular patient because the programmer is guided by the following foresights: choosing the most effective contact out of possible four guided by post‐implantation neuroimaging; previous reported experience; and responses to intraoperative stimulation or trial stimulation. The chapter also talks about guidance that could be very useful in finding out the best programming parameters for a particular patient.