Ablative Techniques

  • Simon Guo
  • Jack W. Lam


Interventional pain management is advancing at a rapid pace with a variety of procedures that can be offered to many patients for pain relief non-opiate related. The technology is constantly inventing new ways to treat various pain conditions. This article outlines some of the various techniques that are used to offer patients analgesia. The importance of meeting diagnostic criteria will be explored along with risk factors for each technique. The details of thermal, pulsed, and cooled radiofrequency ablation will be discussed. Other ablative techniques by neurolysis and cryoablation are also included. It is our hope that clinicians that can offer a wide range of interventional means of pain relief can ultimately reduce the opioid dependence of their patient population.


Interventional pain relief Diagnostic blocks Therapeutic blocks Thermal radiofrequency ablation Neurolysis Cryoablation Pulsed ablation Cooled radiofrequency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Guo
    • 1
  • Jack W. Lam
    • 2
  1. 1.Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Department of AnesthesiaNorthportUSA
  2. 2.Rex Hospital, Wake Med Cary Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Department of AnesthesiaRaleighUSA

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