A shortened radiofrequency denervation method for cervical zygapophysial joint pain based on ultrasound localization of the nerves

Siegenthaler, Andreas; Eichenberger, Urs; Curatolo, Michele (2011). A shortened radiofrequency denervation method for cervical zygapophysial joint pain based on ultrasound localization of the nerves. Pain medicine, 12(12), pp. 1703-9. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2011.01275.x

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Radiofrequency neurotomy is a recognized treatment for cervical zygapophysial joint pain. In several studies, the method has provided complete pain relief in 60-70% of the patients for approximately 9 months. The validated technique has the disadvantage of procedural times of 2-4 hours because several lesions are performed to take into account the variable nerve course. We tested the hypothesis that ultrasound localization of the nerves would enable us to reduce the number of lesions performed, while reaching the benchmark of at least 80% pain relief in 80% of patients with a median duration of 35 weeks, as achieved by a previous investigation using the standard method.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic and Policlinic for Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy

UniBE Contributor:

Siegenthaler, Andreas; Eichenberger, Urs and Curatolo, Michele

ISSN:

1526-2375

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeannie Wurz

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:19

Last Modified:

23 Jan 2018 12:16

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/j.1526-4637.2011.01275.x

PubMed ID:

22123073

Web of Science ID:

000298488500001

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/6066 (FactScience: 210959)

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