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Single strip lesions radiofrequency denervation for treatment of sacroiliac joint pain: two years’ results

Martina Bellini, Massimo Barbieri
DOI: 10.5603/AIT.2016.0004
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Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2016;48(1):19-22.

open access

Vol 48, No 1 (2016)
Original and clinical articles
Submitted: 2016-03-11
Accepted: 2016-03-11

Abstract

Background: Sacroiliac joint pain can be managed by intra-articular injections or radiofrequency of its innervation. Single strip lesions radiofrequency denervation is a new system. The objective of this study was to present one of the first utilizations of this innovative technique.

Methods: 60 patients who met the diagnostic criteria for sacroiliac joint syndrome were enrolled in the study. In total, 102 single strip lesions radiofrequency denervations were performed. Pain intensity was measured with the Oswestry low back pain disability questionnaire and the Oswestry Disability Index whose scores were assessed at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after the procedure.

Results: 91.8 % of the 102 radiofrequency treatments resulted in a reduction of more than 50% pain intensity relief at 1 month, 81.6% at 3 months and 59.16% at 6 months. In 35.7% of cases, the relief was continuative up to 1 year. No relief was observed in 12.24% of cases. The ODI scores improved significantly 1 month after the procedure, compared with the baseline scores. The ODI scores after 6 months improved very clearly compared with the baseline scores and with the 3-month scores.

Conclusions: Single strip lesions radiofrequency denervation using the Simplicity III probe is a potential modality for intermediate term relief for patients with sacroiliac pain.

Abstract

Background: Sacroiliac joint pain can be managed by intra-articular injections or radiofrequency of its innervation. Single strip lesions radiofrequency denervation is a new system. The objective of this study was to present one of the first utilizations of this innovative technique.

Methods: 60 patients who met the diagnostic criteria for sacroiliac joint syndrome were enrolled in the study. In total, 102 single strip lesions radiofrequency denervations were performed. Pain intensity was measured with the Oswestry low back pain disability questionnaire and the Oswestry Disability Index whose scores were assessed at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after the procedure.

Results: 91.8 % of the 102 radiofrequency treatments resulted in a reduction of more than 50% pain intensity relief at 1 month, 81.6% at 3 months and 59.16% at 6 months. In 35.7% of cases, the relief was continuative up to 1 year. No relief was observed in 12.24% of cases. The ODI scores improved significantly 1 month after the procedure, compared with the baseline scores. The ODI scores after 6 months improved very clearly compared with the baseline scores and with the 3-month scores.

Conclusions: Single strip lesions radiofrequency denervation using the Simplicity III probe is a potential modality for intermediate term relief for patients with sacroiliac pain.

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Keywords

sacroiliac, pain, radiofrequency, single strip, multilesion

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Title

Single strip lesions radiofrequency denervation for treatment of sacroiliac joint pain: two years’ results

Journal

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Issue

Vol 48, No 1 (2016)

Pages

19-22

DOI

10.5603/AIT.2016.0004

Bibliographic record

Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2016;48(1):19-22.

Keywords

sacroiliac
pain
radiofrequency
single strip
multilesion

Authors

Martina Bellini
Massimo Barbieri

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