Neurosurgical ablative procedures for pain have dramatically transformed over the years. Compared to their precursors, present day techniques are less invasive and more precise as a result of advances in both device engineering and imaging technology. From a clinical perspective, understanding the strengths and drawbacks of modern techniques is necessary to optimize patient outcomes. In this review, we provide an overview of the major contemporary neuroablative modalities/technologies used for treating pain. We will compare and contrast these modalities from one another with respect to their intraoperative monitoring needs, invasiveness, range of access, and lesion generation. Finally, we will provide a brief commentary on the future of neuroablation given the advent of neuromodulation options for pain control.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology