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Arthroscopic Electro-Thermal Surgery for Discogenic Low Back Pain: A preliminary Report

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Discogenic low back pain remains a difficult lumbar syndrome to treat. Recently developed electro-thermal technology permits precise tissue temperature control, steerability, and controlled lesion production in collagenous tissue. This novel treatment permits targeted shrinkage of annular and nuclear disc collagen (collagen shrinkage has been reported in the literature) and may preserve disc function without tissue necrosis or the need for fusion. It may also be useful in the ablation of pain sensing nociceptors.

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