- Recommendation ID
NICE encourages further research into percutaneous electrothermal treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus. Further research should document details of patient selection, including the duration of their symptoms. It should report precise details of the technique used for treatment. Outcome measures should include pain relief and quality of life. Long-term follow-up data should include details of any subsequent procedures.
- Any explanatory notes
Current evidence on percutaneous electrothermal treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus for low back pain and sciatica raises no major safety concerns. The evidence on efficacy is inconsistent and of poor quality. Therefore, this procedure should only be used with special arrangements for clinical governance, consent and audit or research.
Source guidance details
- Comes from guidance
- Percutaneous electrothermal treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus for low back pain and sciatica
- Date issued
- January 2016
|Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research?||No|
|Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?||No|