Clinical efficacy of selective focal ablation by navigable percutaneous disc decompression device in patients with cervical herniated nucleus pulposus

Sung Hoon Kim, Sang Heon Lee, Nack Hwan Kim, Min Hyun Kim, Hyeun Jun Park, Yong Jin Jung, Hyun Joon Yoo, Won Jun Meng, Victoria Kim

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Abstract

Objective To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety following percutaneous disc decompression, using navigable disc decompression device for cervical herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP).Methods Twenty subjects diagnosed with cervical HNP and refractory to conservative management were enrolled for the study. The herniated discs were decompressed under fluoroscopic guidance, using radiofrequency ablation device with navigable wand. The sagittal and axial plain magnetic resonance images of the clinically significant herniated disc, decided the space between the herniated base and outline as the target area for ablation. Clinical outcome was determined by Numeric Rating Scale (NRS), Neck Disability Index (NDI), and Bodily Pain scale of Short Form-36 (SF-36 BP), assessed after 48 weeks. After the procedure, we structurally matched the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and C-arm images through bony markers. The wand position was defined as being 'correct' if the tip was placed within the target area of both AP and lateral views; if not, the position was stated as 'incorrect'.Results The average NRS fell from 7 to 1 at 48 weeks post procedure (p<0.05). In addition, statistically significant improvement was noted in the NDI and SF-36BP (p<0.05). The location of the wand tip resulted in 16 correct and 4 incorrect placements. Post-48 weeks, 3 of the incorrect tip cases and 1 correct tip case showed unsuccessful outcomes.Conclusion The study demonstrated the promising results and safety of the procedure. Thus, focal plasma ablation of cervical HNP with navigable wand can be another effective treatment option.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-89
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Catheter ablation
  • Cervical spine
  • Minimally invasive
  • Neck pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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