Radiofrequency Thermocoagulation of Hip Articular Branches (X-ray Fluoroscopy-Guided)
This method uses radiofrequency thermocoagulation through percutaneous puncture of the sensory nerve branches supplying the hip joint to relieve prolonged hip pain. Up until the 1940s, surgical resection was performed. Currently, however, a simple and minimally invasive procedure using a high-frequency generator is common. In Japan, Okada’s technique is serving as a useful reference (Okada, K. Pain Res 8: 125–135, 1993).