Minim Invasive Neurosurg 2006; 49(3): 147-149
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-944238
Original Article
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Pulsed Radiofrequency in the Treatment of Patients with Chronic Neuropathic Spinal Pain

S.  Shabat1 , Y.  Pevsner1 , Y.  Folman2 , R.  Gepstein1
  • 1Spinal Care Unit, Sapir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba, and Tel-Aviv Sackler Medical School, Israel
  • 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hillel-Yafe Medical Center, Hadera, Israel
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Publication Date:
18 July 2006 (online)


In recent years there has been debate among spinal surgeons, neurosurgeons and pain physicians regarding the efficacy of radiofrequency (RF) ablation when treating patients with a neuropathic pain source. It is usually considered as a treatment option after conservative treatment has failed. Twenty-eight patients with a minimal follow-up of 1 year were examined in our institution after they had undergone pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) procedures due to neuropathic spinal pain. Nineteen patients (68 %) reported long-term pain relief (more than 1 year) which was defined as a reduction of the visual analogue score by at least 30 %. No complications were found in this study except for mild discomfort in the treated area which spontaneously resolved up to 3 weeks after the procedure. We concluded that PRF is a safe and an effective procedure for patients who suffer from chronic neuropathic pain from spinal origin. It should be tried after conservative treatment has failed.


Shay Shabat, , M. D. 

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