Nucleoplasty

Because the first nucleoplasty procedure was performed in 2000, long-term results are limited. There are currently two studies in the medical literature. Sharps et al. published preliminary results on 49 patients who underwent nucleoplasty (40). Follow-up was obtained in 49 patients for 1 mo, 41 patients for 3 mo, 24 patients for 6 mo, and 13 patients for 12 mo. The preprocedure VAS score was 7.9. At 1, 3, 6, and 12 mo, the mean VAS was 3.6, 3.1, 3.2, and 4.3, respectively. No complications were reported (40). Singh et al. reported on 67 patients (70% female, 30% male, mean age 44 yr) who underwent nucleoplasty (41). Primary back pain was reported by 70% of the patients, 10.5% reported primary leg pain, 10.5% reported equal levels of back and leg pain, and 9% reported groin and buttock pain. Of the 67 patients, 66, 62, 61, and 41 were available for follow-up at 1, 3, 6, and 12 mo respectively. Overall, 85%, 84%, 79%, and 80% of the patients indicated improvement in their numeric pain scores at 1, 3, 6, and 12 mo. The average preprocedure pain level for all patients was 6.8 while average pain scores at follow-up were 3.56, 3.85, 4.23, and 4.1 at 1, 3, 6, and 12 mo, respectively. No complications were reported (41).

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