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2020 02

Clin Spine Surg



Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation: Procedural Technique.


Stolzenberg D, Ahn JJ, Kurd M
Clin Spine Surg. 2020 02; 33(1):20-23.
PMID: 31999651.


Lumbar radiofrequency ablation is indicated for the treatment of chronic axial low back pain that is mediated by facet arthropathy which has failed more conservative treatment options. This article details proper equipment and medications, patient positioning and setup, step-by-step instructions for multiplanar fluoroscopic visualization, cannula placement, and postoperative management. Pearls and pitfalls are also discussed. In addition, an instructional procedure video (Supplemental Digital Content 1, http://links.lww.com/CLINSPINE/A90) accompanies this paper.