Epidural neuroplasty, often called percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis, is often performed in refractory patients with chronic lumbar radiculopathy or neurogenic claudication. Recent studies have showed that decompressive adhesiolysis with an inflatable balloon catheter (balloon neuroplasty) is efficient in patients who experience refractory pain from epidural steroid injection or even epidural neuroplasty with a balloon-less catheter. However, exact indications or predictive factors for epidural balloon neuroplasty have not been fully evaluated. Therefore, to assess associated factors that could affect a favorable outcome, we analyzed a prospectively collected multicenter cohort of patients with chronic refractory lumbar foraminal stenosis after balloon neuroplasty. At the 6-month point in follow-up, 92 (44.4%) patients among 207 subjects were classified as successful responders according to a robust combination of outcome measures. Multivariate logistic regression analysis also showed that mild grade lumbar foraminal stenosis may be an independent factor associated with a successful response 6 months after balloon neuroplasty (odds ratio = 2.829; 95% confidence interval = 1.351–5.923; p = 0.006). However, we found that there were 29.4% and 24.6% successful responders with moderate and severe foraminal stenosis, respectively. Attempting balloon neuroplasty in refractory lumbar foraminal stenosis, especially mild grade, may be worthwhile.
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 2019 Nov|
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