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Development of new treatment method with increased success rate and stability of nerve blockade in neck disc

HIT : 4,604DATE : 2017-01-05

Development of new treatment method

with increased success rate and stability

of nerve blockade in neck disc

 

Professor Young Wook Kim, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, CKU International St. Mary’s Hospital

 

 

Professor Young Wook Kim (Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, CKU International St. Mary’s Hospital) and Professor Jeong Hoon Seo (Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Asan Medical Center) have recently published a research paper on the new treatment method that increases the success rate of cervical nerve blockade and reduces side effects.

 

Cervical nerve blockade is a non-invasive treatment for neck disc or cervical spinal stenosis. As well, the procedure is a high level of procedure because it requires an access to the spinal nerve within 1 cm. In particular, the risk of the procedure itself is high because, unlike the lumbar spine, the yellow ligament which is the basis of nerve block is thin in the cervical vertebrae and may be broken for some people.

 

In this study, titled ‘Methods to reduce false positivity in case of loss of resistance method in the cervical epidural space’, the rates of success and complications by comparing 34 patients who underwent conventional cervical nerve blockade to 45 patients who underwent a new neural blockade developed by Prof. Kim, were analyzed.

 

As a result of the study, the success rate of conventional cervical nerve blockade was 70.6%. On the other hand, the success rate of new nerve blockade technique was 93.4%. As well, no single complication was occurred.

 

If the existing nerve blockade (loss of resistance method using air) is a method of finding an epidural space using air, the new nerve blockade developed by Prof. Kim’s team is a method of locating epidural space by pre-injecting 0.2 ml of contrast agent.

 

"This study has secured a way to increase the success rate and stability of dangerous and demanding cervical nerve blockade at the same time," said Professor Young Wook Kim (Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine) of the International St. Mary’s Hospital. "We look forward to opening a new chapter in the treatment of neck disc patients," He said.

Meanwhile, this research paper was published in the world-renowned journal, 'Pain Research and Management', and won the Best Poster Award (corresponding author ? Seo, Jung hoon) at the 63rd Korean Pain Society Conference in November.

 

  

  

Prof. Kim, Young Wook

Practice Areas Pain clinic, Chronic pain diseases, spinal and joint problems, headache, neuralgia after herpes zoster, various neuropathic pain, postoperative pain, neurosurgery anesthesia, general surgery anesthesia

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