Authors: Umair Rashid, Fareeha Rauf, Hameedullah A, Atif M, Marco Leonardi.
Background and Purpose: Direct injection of Oxygen-Ozone in the cervical discs has proved to be the effective alternative to surgery in patients with cervical disc herniation in many countries around the world. We report our experience with ozonucleolysiswith patients effected by pain incervical region (brachialgia)due to disc herniation including post-operative recurrence or disc prolapse.
Methods: 3871 patients were treated with single session of Oxygen-Ozone therapy from 2005-2015. All the patients had CT or MRI evidence of cervical disc prolapse with clinical signs of cervical nerve root compression. The procedure was performed under angiofluoroscopy using 22/23 G spinal needle without anesthesia. All the patients received intradiscal injection n of Oxygen-Ozone mixture at Ozone concentration of 30 μgm/ml. Among these patients 2920 were males and 951 were females between the ages of 20-70 years. Therapeutic outcome was assessed 6 months after treatment by using modified MacNab method.
Results: A satisfactory therapeutic outcome was obtained. 60% of the patients showed complete recovery with resolution of symptoms. 20% of the patients complained of occasional episodic neck pain and arms pain with no limitation of occupational activity. 5% of cases showed some improvement. 5% of cases had insufficient or noimprovement and went for surgery. 10% of cases never turned up after the first visit.
Conclusion: Intradiscal and periganglionic injection of Ozone for herniated cervical disc has revolutionized percutaneous approach to nerve root diseases making it safer, cheaper and easier to repeat than treatments currently in use.View/Download pdf