Lumbar Facet Block and Radiofrequency Ablation International Consensus Guidelines Part 2 (214)

4:45 PM–5:45 PM Friday, February 28

A recording of this session is now available in the AAPM Education Center, free to AAPM members.

This symposium presents the findings of an international consortium of pain medicine and governmental organizations on the treatment of lumbar facet joint pain to include patient selection, performance and interpretation of diagnostic blocks, and optimization of radiofrequency ablation outcomes.

Minimizing Complications with Lumbar Facet Blocks

Samer Narouze

Should Facet Block Patients Routinely Be Sedated?

Robert Hurley

Differences Between Clinical Practice and Clinical Trials

Mark Wallace

Should a Trial of Conservative Care Be Mandatory Before Facet Blocks?

David Kennedy

Should Sensory and Motor Testing Be Used Before Radiofrequency Ablation?

Zirong Zhao

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve selection criteria for “diagnostic” facet blocks.
  • Learn how to maximize lesion size and its relationship to RF ablation success rate.
  • Identify the issues surrounding patient selection for clinical practice and clinical trials.