The Korean Journal of Pain 2019; 32(4): 313-314
Published online October 1, 2019 https://doi.org/10.3344/kjp.2019.32.4.313
Copyright © The Korean Pain Society.
Pain Center, Pohang Wooridul Hospital, Pohang, Korea
Correspondence to:Daehyun Jo
Pain Center, Pohang Wooridul Hospital, 256 Poseuko-daero, Buk-gu, Pohang 37755, Korea
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Received: May 8, 2019; Revised: May 20, 2019; Accepted: May 21, 2019
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I read the article titled ‘Efficacy of transforaminal laser annuloplasty
When the authors did transforaminal epiduroscopic laser annuloplasty (TELA), they removed the disc material using forceps, which means it was a percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD). Does that mean that they did a PELD with a TELA? We need some endoscopic pictures from the TELA, which would help the readers to understand their procedures. The authors described the intradiscal radiofrequency annuloplasty (IDRA) procedure in Materials and Methods, which said that ‘After placement of the cannula, granulation tissue could often be visualized, with spinal scope (LASE, Minneapolis, MN). However, in the discussion on page 118 in the left column, they described their IDRA as being under C arm fluoroscopy, rather than being performed endoscopically’.
It looks like they used transforaminal laser annuloplasty (TFLA) and TELA for the same procedure. If not, we need to establish their definitions for TFLA and TELA, and correct the overuse of abbreviations, which obstruct and interrupt scientific communication.