Radiofrequency Neurotomy for Facet Joint Pain in Patients with Permanent Pacemakers and Defibrillators

Myth: Radiofrequency neurotomy (RFN) is an absolute contraindication in patients with a prior permanent pacemaker (PPM) or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Learn about the facts surrounding this myth and the best practices to support safe performance of interventional pain procedures in your practice.

Each participant will read the FactFinder and will answer post-test questions to earn continuing medical education (CME) credits.

Clark Smith, MD, MPH, Fred DeFrancesch, MD, and Jaymin Patel, MD on behalf of the Spine Intervention Society’s Patient Safety Committee.

Materials presented in this activity have been made available by the Spine Intervention Society for educational purposes only. We reserve all rights to such material.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify best practices to ensure patient safety during interventional spine procedures
  • Cite the evidentiary basis for risk mitigation strategies in the safe performance of interventional pain procedures

Author Disclosures Information
Clark Smith, MD, MPH
Nothing to disclose

Fred DeFrancesch, MD
Nothing to disclose

Jaymin Patel, MD
Nothing to disclose

Clark Smith, MD, MPH
Nothing to disclose

Fred DeFrancesch, MD
Stock ownership: Mutual funds
Speaker: Depomed
Position in physician society/association: SIS
Expert witness: Various insurance defense
Travel Expenses: SIS
Entertainment and social event courtesies: Dinner/lunch by various pharma and in association with SIS functions

Jaymin Patel, MD
Nothing to disclose

Accreditation Statement
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
SIS designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Date of Activity Release:
Date of Activity Expiration: 8/29/2021

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