Radiofrequency thermocoagulation

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Radiofrequency thermocoagulation (RFTC) is a thermal pain treatment procedure. For example, percutaneous intradiscal radiofrequency thermocoagulation (PIRFT) involves the placement of an electrode or catheter into the intervertebral disc and applying an alternating radiofrequency current.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Enthoven Toward a 21st Century Health System "Percutaneous intradiscal radiofrequency thermocoagulation is an arthroscopic treatment that permits the controlled delivery of electrothermal heat to the intervertebral disc by way of a thermal resistive coil embedded within a catheter."
  2. ^ Comprehensive Treatment of Chronic Pain by Medical Timothy R Deer, Michael S Leong, Asokumar Buvanendran - 2013 Page 444 "The success rates of percutaneous glycerol rhizolysis (GR) and radiofrequency thermocoagulation (RFTC) are variable, and the studies in the literature are not uniform."
  3. ^ Deer, Timothy R.; Leong, Michael S.; Buvanendran, Asokumar; Kim, Philip S.; Panchal, Sunil J. (8 December 2014). "Treatment of Chronic Pain by Interventional Approaches". Springer – via Google Books.