North American Spine Society Journal
Chronic low back pain, Basivertebral nerve ablation, Radiofrequency, Endplate degeneration, Modic changes, Community practice setting, Independently-funded study
BACKGROUND: Strong innervation of the vertebral endplates by the basivertebral nerve makes it an ideal target for ablation in the treatment of vertebrogenic low back pain with Modic changes. This data represents the clinical outcomes for 16 consecutively treated patients in a community practice setting.
METHODS: Basivertebral nerve ablations were performed on 16 consecutive patients by a single surgeon (WS) utilizing the INTRACEPT® device (Relievant Medsystems, Inc.). Evaluations were performed at baseline, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months. The Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), Visual Analog Scale (VAS), and SF-36 were recorded in Medrio electronic data capture software. All patients (
RESULTS: The ODI, VAS, and SF-36 Pain Component Summary showed statistically significant improvements above minimal clinically important differences at 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months (all p values
CONCLUSIONS: Basivertebral nerve ablation appears to be a durable, minimally invasive treatment for the relief of chronic low back pain that can be successfully implemented in a community practice setting. To our knowledge, this is the first independently funded US study on basivertebral nerve ablation.
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Schnapp, William; Martiatu, Kenneth; and Delcroix, Gaëtan J-R, "Basivertebral nerve ablation for the treatment of chronic low back pain in a community practice setting: 6 Months follow-up." (2023). HPD Articles. 304.
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