QUALITY ASSURANCE GUIDELINES FOR PERCUTANEOUS TREATMENTS OF INTERVERTEBRAL DISCS

INTRODUCTION

Herniation of intervertebral disc is an important and common cause of low back pain which affects mobility, physical function, quality of life and costs highly to society [1, 2]. It is estimated that 70-90% of normal population will experience at least 1 episode of sciatica or lumbago during their lifetime [3, 4]. Intervertebral disc and discogenic pain have been identified as causative agents in 26-39% of patients with sciatica or lumbago [3-8]. The long-term outcomes, complications and occasionally suboptimal results which accompany open disc surgery in herniated discs have lead to the development of other treatment techniques that avoid an open surgery, through the spinal canal.

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