Treatment of Chronic Discogenic Pain by Utilizing Both Nucleoplasty and Epidural Neuroplasty-One Year Follow-Up

Huan Chieh Chen, Yu-Ting Tai, I. Jen Wang, Woon Man Kung, Jia-Wei Lin, Kuo-Sheng Hung, Wen-Ta Chiu, Tien Jen Lin

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Objective: Both nucleoplasty and epidural neuroplasty have emerged as minimally invasive techniques for treatment of low back pain and sciatica due to contained herniated discs. Although there were some studies examining their effects on functional activity and pain medications, the results of a combination of the two procedures have not been analyzed as yet. The aim of our study was to evaluate the outcome of a combination therapy in patients with chronic discogenic pain or sciatica due to nerve root compression by a single-level, contained herniated disc. Methods: Twenty-nine patients who had undergone the combination therapy of both nucleoplasty and epidural neuroplasty were included in the analysis and were evaluated at 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. They were asked to quantify their pain using a visual analog scale ranging from 0 to 10. The Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) was used to quantify disability by third-party observers. Patients were also surveyed with regard to their use of pain medications. We compared the data at 3, 6, and 12 months posttreatment to the baseline.
Results: There was a significant decrease in pain and use of medications in our study group. The functional status was improved at 3, 6, and 12 months. There were no complications associated with the procedure and we found continued improvements over time in the study group.
Conclusion: Nucleoplasty and epidurolysis in combination appear to be safe and effective in both early and later post-treatment periods. Further randomized, controlled studies are required to evaluate the long-term efficacy of the combination therapy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-128
Number of pages9
JournalFormosan Journal of Surgery
Volume43
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Chronic Pain
Sciatica
Pain
Intervertebral Disc Displacement
Therapeutics
Radiculopathy
Low Back Pain
Visual Analog Scale

Keywords

  • discectomy
  • disc herniation
  • low back pain
  • minimally invasive
  • nucleoplasty
  • percutaneous disc decompression
  • caudal neuroplasty and epidurolysis

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Treatment of Chronic Discogenic Pain by Utilizing Both Nucleoplasty and Epidural Neuroplasty-One Year Follow-Up. / Chen, Huan Chieh; Tai, Yu-Ting; Wang, I. Jen; Kung, Woon Man; Lin, Jia-Wei; Hung, Kuo-Sheng; Chiu, Wen-Ta; Lin, Tien Jen.

In: Formosan Journal of Surgery, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2010, p. 120-128.

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Chen, Huan Chieh ; Tai, Yu-Ting ; Wang, I. Jen ; Kung, Woon Man ; Lin, Jia-Wei ; Hung, Kuo-Sheng ; Chiu, Wen-Ta ; Lin, Tien Jen. / Treatment of Chronic Discogenic Pain by Utilizing Both Nucleoplasty and Epidural Neuroplasty-One Year Follow-Up. In: Formosan Journal of Surgery. 2010 ; Vol. 43, No. 3. pp. 120-128.
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