Radiofrequency-assisted lumbar semi-endoscopic manual discectomy using the disc-FX system - Preliminary results of various ongoing clinical outcome studies worldwide
European Musculoskeletal Review, 1754-5072, Vol. 6, Nro. 4, 2011
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The preferred treatment for intractable discogenic lower back pain and sciatica remains controversial. The medical literature is filled with studies that demonstrate the efficacy of physical therapy, chiropractic, steroid injections (epidural, facet), percutaneous discectomy, open discectomy, and fusion and total disc replacement. In this paper, we describe a radiofrequency-assisted lumbar semi-endoscopic manual discectomy (Disc-FX® system by elliquence, LLC) for treating acute and subacute disc injuries that involve focal contained disc herniations and/or annular tears with minimal degenerative changes, and we review preliminary results of various ongoing clinical outcome studies.
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