NICE has been notified about this procedure and it is part of its work programme. The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) will consider this procedure and NICE will issue an interventional procedures consultation document about its safety and efficacy for 4 weeks’ public consultation. IPAC will then review the consultation document in the light of comments received and produce a final interventional procedures document, which will be considered by NICE before guidance is issued to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Status In progress
Technology type Procedure
Decision Selected
Process IP
ID number 1790
Description Low back pain of unknown cause (non-specific) can be long term (chronic) and difficult to treat (refractory). In this procedure, a cut is made on the lower back and a small battery-powered device (neurostimulator) is placed under the skin. Two wires are placed on the nerves that control the muscles either side of the spine (lumbar muscles) and connected to the neurostimulator. After the procedure, the patient uses a remote control to stimulate the nerves using low-voltage electricity. This is usually done twice a day for about 30 minutes. The aim is to stimulate the lumbar muscles and reduce pain.

Provisional Schedule

Expected publication 22 September 2022

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Key events during the development of the guidance:

Date Update
24 February 2022 - 24 March 2022 Interventional procedure consultation
24 June 2021 - 22 July 2021 Interventional procedure consultation

For further information on how we develop interventional procedures guidance, please see our IP manual