Evaluation of Multi-Tined Expandable Electrode (MEE) Efficacy and Safety in Treatment of Lumbar Facet Arthropathy by Radiofrequency Neurotomies Compared to Conservative Medical Management.

  • End date
    Nov 12, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Kansas Medical Center
Updated on 16 May 2021


The purpose of this study is to better understand how people feel after a radiofrequency ablation standard of care surgery using a different type of needle (multi-tined expandable electrode/MEE) in comparison to receiving conventional medical management (CMM) techniques.

Condition Chronic Low Back Pain, Chronic Lower Back Pain
Treatment Conventional Medical Management, Radiofrequency Ablation with MEE
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04730700
SponsorUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
Last Modified on16 May 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Age > 18 years old
Patients with pain lasting at least 6 months
Patients with history of non-radiating low back pain
Patient who had two diagnostic medial branch blocks (MBB) with significant (>50%) improvement on both injections
Patient has signed study-specific informed consent
Patient has the necessary mental capacity to participate and is physically able to comply with study protocol requirements

Exclusion Criteria

Patient with low back pain with radiation or involvement of pain going into their legs below their knees
Patient did not receive satisfactory relief from diagnostic MBB (<50% relief)
Patient is unable to receive radiation exposure
Patient is currently pregnant
Patient has a current local overlying low back or systemic infection
Patient currently receiving or seeking workers compensation, disability remuneration, and/or involved in injury litigation
Known or suspected drug or alcohol abuse
Diagnosed psychiatric disease (e.g., schizophrenia, major depression, personality disorders) that could interfere with study participation
Patient is participating in an investigational study or has been involved in an investigational study within 3 months prior to evaluation for participation
Patient has an implanted intrathecal pump or spinal neuromodulation device
Patient currently on daily oral morphine equivalent (OME) of 50
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