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Lumbar rfa

Caroline A Burgard, Julien Dinkel, Frederik Strobl, Philipp M Paprottka, Nicolai Schramm, Maximilian Reiser, Christoph G Trumm
PURPOSE: We aimed to assess the safety and technical outcome of computed tomography (CT) fluoroscopy-guided osteoplasty with or without prior percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in patients with painful osteolyses. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 29 patients with painful extraspinal and spinal osteolyses (16 women, 13 men; 63.1±14.4 years) who underwent CT fluoroscopy-guided osteoplasty (10-20 mAs tube current) with or without RFA (26 and 14 lesions, respectively), in 33 consecutive procedures from 2002 to 2016...
May 2018: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: Official Journal of the Turkish Society of Radiology
Roberto Luigi Cazzato, Julien Garnon, Jean Caudrelier, Pramod Prabhakar Rao, Guillaume Koch, Afshin Gangi
AIM: To investigate the analgesic properties and the safety of low power bipolar radiofrequency ablation (RFA) performed with internally cooled electrodes and vertebral augmentation for the treatment of painful spinal malignancies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Consent was waived for retrospective study participation. Review of electronic records identified 11 consecutive patients (6 females; 5 males; mean age 61.3 ± 11.6 years) with one-index painful spinal tumour, who were treated between June 2016 and October 2017 with bipolar RFA and vertebral augmentation...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Hyperthermia
Sayed E Wahezi, Edward Alexeev, John S Georgy, Nogah Haramati, Stephen A Erosa, Jay M Shah, Sherry Downie
BACKGROUND: Lumbar facet arthropathy is a common cause of low back pain. Literature supports treatment with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of associated nerves that innervate lumbar facets when alternative conservative therapies have failed. Diagnostic local anesthetic blocks precede therapeutic ablation, but have a false-positive rate of 27%-63%, and some authors have questioned their utility in predicting therapeutic response to RFA. The authors of the current study believe that injectate volume may be a contributing factor to false positivity...
November 22, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Robert E Jacobson, Ovidiu Palea, Michelle Granville
Radiofrequency facet ablation (RFA) has been performed using the same technique for over 50 years. Except for variations in electrode size, tip shape, and change in radiofrequency (RF) stimulation parameters, using standard, pulsed, and cooled RF wavelengths, the target points have remained absolutely unchanged from the original work describing RFA for lumbar pain control. Degenerative changes in the facet joint and capsule are the primary location for the majority of lumbar segmental pathology and pain. Multiple studies show that the degenerated facet joint is richly innervated as a result of the inflammatory overgrowth of the synovium...
September 1, 2017: Curēus
Mariano A Nöel, Martin J Segura, Sergio Sierre, Ida A Francheri Wilson, Carlos A Tello, Eduardo Galaretto, Rodrigo G Remondino, María E Talarico, Ernesto S Bersusky, Lucas Piantoni
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective. Level IV Evidence. OBJECTIVE: To assess the utility of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) to detect and eventually prevent impending neurovascular damage during computed tomography (CT)-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of spinal osteoid osteoma (OO) in children. SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND DATA: To our knowledge, this is the first case series of spinal OO in pediatric patients treated at a single center employing IONM during RFA...
September 2017: Spine Deformity
David Arsanious, Emmanuel Gage, Jonathon Koning, Mazin Sarhan, Gassan Chaiban, Mohammed Almualim, Joseph Atallah
BACKGROUND: One of the potential side effects with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) includes painful cutaneous dysesthesias and increased pain due to neuritis or neurogenic inflammation. This pain may require the prescription of opioids or non-opioid analgesics to control post-procedural pain and discomfort. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study is to compare post-procedural pain scores and post-procedural oral analgesic use in patients receiving continuous thermal radiofrequency ablation versus patients receiving pulsed dose radiofrequency immediately followed by continuous thermal radiofrequency ablation for zygopophaseal joint disease...
September 2016: Pain Physician
J R Doctor, S L Solanki, V P Patil, J V Divatia
Osteoid osteoma (OO) is a benign bone tumor, with a male-female ratio of approximately 2:1 and mainly affecting long bones. Ten percent of the lesions occur in the spine, mostly within the posterior elements. Treatment options for OO include surgical excision and percutaneous imaging-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Lesions within the spine have an inherent risk of thermal damage to the vital structure because of proximity to the neural elements. We report a novel use of the epidural catheter for air injection for the neuroprotection of nerves close to the OO of the spine...
July 2016: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
Sandeep Bagla, Dawood Sayed, John Smirniotopoulos, Jayson Brower, J Neal Rutledge, Bradley Dick, James Carlisle, Ilya Lekht, Bassem Georgy
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of vertebral body metastases (VBM) has been reported as safe and effective in retrospective studies. This single-arm prospective multicenter clinical study evaluates RFA in the treatment of painful VBM. METHODS: Fifty patients with VBM were prospectively enrolled during a 13-month period at eight US centers under an IRB-approved study. Percutaneous RFA was performed under imaging guidance with cement augmentation at the discretion of the operator...
September 2016: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Hidetatsu Outani, Kenichiro Hamada, Satoshi Takenaka, Yoshinori Imura, Kazuya Oshima, Tsukasa Sotobori, Norifumi Naka, Nobuhito Araki, Hideki Yoshikawa, Akira Myoui
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to report the clinical outcomes for patients with osteoid osteoma (OO) treated by radiofrequency ablation (RFA) using a three-dimensional (3D) navigation system. METHODS: We performed RFA using a 3D navigation system on 32 patients with clinically and radiologically diagnosed OO. This study included 25 males and 7 females with a median age of 20 years (range, 10-39 years). The median duration of follow-up was 18 months (range, 1-65 months)...
September 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
Rahel Bornemann, Robert Pflugmacher, Sönke P Frey, Philip P Roessler, Yorck Rommelspacher, Kai E Wilhelm, Kirsten Sander, Dieter C Wirtz, Simon F Grötz
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) temperatures reaching 45°C in adjacent tissues are cytotoxic to the spinal cord, nerves and surrounding tissues. OBJECTIVE: This study compares different RFA electrodes with regard to the temperature distribution during ablation of spinal metastases. METHODS: In vitro experimental study in isolated lumbar vertebrae of a human cadaveric spine. The temperature distribution of RFA electrodes was measured during ablation in human cadaveric lumbar vertebrae containing a simulated vertebral body lesion...
September 14, 2016: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
Alexander Bautista, Alisher Dadabayev, Ellen Rosenquist, Jianguo Cheng
We report 2 cases of successful treatment of neck and back pain with bipolar radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the cervical and lumbar facet joints in patients with an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD).Two patients with complex cardiac histories and AICD devices were treated with bipolar RFA of the facet joints. One presented with axial neck pain and the other with axial back pain. The histories and physical examinations were consistent with facetogenic pain. Diagnostic medial branch block resulted in more than 70% pain relief lasting for several days, allowing patients to perform routine daily activities without significant pain...
March 2016: Pain Physician
Shrif Costandi, Mauricio Garcia-Jacques, Teresa Dews, Michael Kot, Kevin Wong, Gerges Azer, Jasmyn Atalla, Michael Looka, Elie Nasr, Nagy Mekhail
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the medial branch nerves that innervate the facet joints is a well-established treatment modality; however, studies to determine the optimal radiofrequency ablation temperature are lacking. A wide range (70 to 90°C) has been used. This study aimed to compare outcomes with two set temperatures for the lumbar facet medial branch ablation, 90 and 80°C. METHODS: This retrospective study compared the degree of patient self-reported functional improvement relief, postoperative opioid dose changes, as well as duration among lumbar facet medial branch (RFA) patients who had the procedures performed at 80 or 90°C...
September 15, 2015: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Zachary L McCormick, Benjamin Marshall, Jeremy Walker, Robert McCarthy, David R Walega
OBJECTIVE: Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the medial branch nerves for facet-mediated low back pain demonstrates clinical benefit for 6-12 months and possibly up to 2 years. This study investigated function, pain, and medication use outcomes of RFA for lumbar facet syndrome in a cohort with long-term follow-up. METHODS: Individuals evaluated in a tertiary academic pain practice between January, 2007-December, 2013, 18-60 years of age, with a clinical and radiologic diagnosis of lumbar facet syndrome, who underwent ≥1set of diagnostic medial branch blocks with resultant >75% pain relief and subsequent RFA were included...
2015: International Journal of Anesthetics and Anesthesiology
Zachary L McCormick, Jeremy Walker, Benjamin Marshall, Robert McCarthy, David R Walega
BACKGROUND: While cooled radiofrequency ablation (C-RFA) appears to be a promising technology for joint denervation, outcomes of this technique for the treatment of lumbar facet syndrome have not been described. We report clinical outcomes in a case series of patients treated with C-RFA for lumbar facet syndrome. METHODS: Consecutive patients aged 18-60 years diagnosed with lumbar facet syndrome, confirmed by ≥75% symptom relief with at least one set of diagnostic medial branch nerve blocks, who underwent C-RFA between January 2007 and December 2013 in an urban academic pain center were included...
2014: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation International
Luigi Manfré
Axial microinstability secondary to disc degeneration and consequent chronic facet joint syndrome (CFJS) is a well-known pathological entity, usually responsible for low back pain (LBP). Although posterior lumbar fixation (PIF) has been widely used for lumbar spine instability and LBP, complications related to wrong screw introduction, perineural scars and extensive muscle dissection leading to muscle dysfunction have been described. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of facet joints zygapophyseal nerves conventionally used for pain treatment fails in approximately 21% of patients...
October 31, 2014: Interventional Neuroradiology
Shinichi Hamamoto, Toshiyuki Matsuoka, Tomohisa Okuma, Akira Yamamoto, Masao Hamuro, Yukio Miki
BACKGROUND: We present a case series of a palliative radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for the tumors that lead to the resolution of pain and motor function disorders. RFA is widely used on tumors in various organs and often reported in good outcome. There are some reports that RFA was performed as a palliative treatment but a few reports of RFA that performed for lung tumor as a palliative treatment. This case series includes two cases, palliative RFA for a sacrum and a lung tumor. The results of this case series presented that a palliative RFA is effective in improving the symptoms of patients...
October 28, 2014: BMC Research Notes
David Stolzenberg, Vitaly Gordin, Yakov Vorobeychik
OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence of neuropathic pain after cooled radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the sacral lateral branches for the treatment of chronic posterior sacroiliac joint complex pain. DESIGN: Retrospective chart review of all patients with chronic posterior sacroiliac joint complex pain who underwent cooled RFA of the sacral lateral branches in our practice between July 2011 and February 2014. SETTING: Single academic pain practice at a tertiary care medical center...
November 2014: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Laura E Leggett, Lesley J J Soril, Diane L Lorenzetti, Tom Noseworthy, Rodney Steadman, Simrandeep Tiwana, Fiona Clement
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency ablation (RFA), a procedure using heat to interrupt pain signals in spinal nerves, is an emerging treatment option for chronic low back pain. Its clinical efficacy has not yet been established. OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy of RFA for chronic low back pain associated with lumbar facet joints, sacroiliac joints, discogenic low back pain and the coccyx. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted. Medline, EMBASE, PubMed, SPORTDiscus, CINAHL and the Cochrane Library were searched up to August 2013...
September 2014: Pain Research & Management: the Journal of the Canadian Pain Society
Longpo Zheng, Zhengqi Chen, Mengxiong Sun, Hui Zeng, Dongqing Zuo, Yingqi Hua, Zhengdong Cai
BACKGROUND: Thoracolumbar vertebral metastasis (TVM) affects a large number of cancer patients. However, safe and effective palliative care remains controversial. The aim of the present study was to investigate the safety and efficacy of minimally invasive image-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) with percutaneous kyphoplasty (PKP) for TVM treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective study of 26 patients (mean age: 59.31 ± 11.62 years) was conducted, including 38 vertebral metastases at T11, T12, L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, and S1 with abundant blood vessels...
April 4, 2014: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Richard D Ball
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a safe and effective pain therapy used to create sensory dysfunction in appropriate nerves via thermal damage. While commonly viewed as a simple process, RF heating is actually quite complex from an electrical engineering standpoint, and it is difficult for the non-electrical engineer to achieve a thorough understanding of the events that occur. RFA is highly influenced by the configuration and properties of the peri-electrode tissues. To rationally discuss the science of RFA requires that examples be procedure-specific, and lumbar RFA is the procedure selected for this review...
March 2014: Pain Physician
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