Percutaneous radiofrequency denervation of spinal facets. Treatment for chronic back pain and sciatica.

Abstract

A technique for radiofrequency localization and coagulation of articular nerves supplying the spinal facets is described and results are reported from a series of 207 patients followed 6 to 21 months (mean 31 months). Relief of pain was achieved in 79% of previously unoperated patients, in 41% of those with laminectomy but no fusion, and in 27% of those with an earlier fusion. No neurological complications were encountered.

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@article{Shealy1975PercutaneousRD, title={Percutaneous radiofrequency denervation of spinal facets. Treatment for chronic back pain and sciatica.}, author={C. Norman Shealy}, journal={Journal of neurosurgery}, year={1975}, volume={43 4}, pages={448-51} }