Sacroiliac Joint Radiofrequency Ablation With a Multilesion Probe: A Case Series of 60 Patients

Anesth Analg. 2014 Aug;119(2):460-2. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000000282.

Abstract

This retrospective case series of patients with refractory sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain presents our first 77 SIJ radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedures performed with a multilesion probe. Of these, 16 (20.8%) provided no relief; 55 (71.4%) provided >50% pain relief at 6 weeks; 42 (54.5%, 95% confidence interval, 42.8%-65.8%) provided >50% pain relief at 6 months; and 12 (15.6%) continued to provide >50% pain relief at 1 year. These results compare favorably to those published using other RFA techniques. In conclusion, more than half of our patients with refractory SIJ pain received some pain relief for at least 6 months after RFA.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Arthralgia / diagnosis
  • Arthralgia / physiopathology
  • Arthralgia / surgery*
  • California
  • Catheter Ablation / instrumentation*
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Pain Measurement
  • Pain, Postoperative / diagnosis
  • Pain, Postoperative / etiology
  • Pain, Postoperative / prevention & control*
  • Radiography, Interventional
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sacroiliac Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Sacroiliac Joint / physiopathology
  • Sacroiliac Joint / surgery*
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vermont