Percutaneous radiofrequency denervation of spinal facets

Treatment for chronic back pain and sciatica

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  • 1 The Pain Rehabilitation Center, S.C., La Crosse, Wisconsin
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✓ 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 13 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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Address reprint requests to: C. Norman Shealy, M.D., The Pain Rehabilitation Center, S.C., 615 South Tenth Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601.
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