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Abstract - Effects of fluoroscopy-guided conventional radiofrequency ablation in dissatisfed patients after total knee arthroplasty
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Edip Gönüllü, Sezgin Bahadır Tekin

ABSTRACT

Objective: Osteoarthritis is a chronic progressive disease that can be treated with several conservative and surgical methods. One commonly used surgical method is total knee arthroplasty. However, some patients have persistent annoying pain afterward. The aim of our study was to investigate the effectiveness of radiofrequency treatment accompanied by fluoroscopy in patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty and had no other reason for their persistent pain.

Material and methods: Twenty-eight patients who had undergone total knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis were retrospectively analyzed and included in the study. Patients who are dissatisfied after total knee arthroplasty procedure, were performed radiofrequency ablation by fluoroscopy. All patients were examined in terms of visual analog scale (VAS) and Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) scores preoperatively and 2 weeks and 1 and 3 months postoperatively.

Results: The VAS and WOMAC scores at postoperative week 2 and months 1 and 3 were statistically significantly different than the preoperative values for all patients (P=0.001).

Conclusion: Patients with persistent pain after total knee arthroplasty obtained good results in terms of pain and knee function after conventional radiofrequency ablation accompanied by fluoroscopy but more studies with more patients are needed.

Key words: radiofrequency, total knee, dissatisfied patients

Corresponding author: Sezgin Bahadır Tekin. E-mail: sezginbahadirtekin@gmail.com

 

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