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Rhizotomy Quick Facts

How It Works:

  • An electrical current is used to destroy the nerve fibers within the spinal cord that carry pain signals to your brain
  • Our doctors direct a hollow needle into the area of your spine where the facet joint nerves are located
  • Our doctors can monitor in real-time with a fluoroscope to find the exact spot causing you pain
  • Cortisone medication is injected into the facet joint nerves to “turn off” pain signals
  • Process is may repeated, depending on the amount of affected facet joints

Types of Conditions:

  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated Disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain from previous surgery complications

A Rhizotomy “turns off” pain signals your facet joints send to the brain

Recovery Time*

3-4 weeks

* All recovery periods vary depending on the person or severity of the condition.

Is a Rhizotomy Right for Me?

Rhizotomies are often performed after other kinds of treatment have been explored with your doctor or specialist. Facet injections are typically given to a patient before a rhizotomy might be considered. These injections can provide diagnostic information for your physician, and successful facet injections may indicate that you could benefit from a rhizotomy.

In the rhizotomy procedure, an electrical current destroys the nerve fibers that carry pain signals to the brain. During this procedure, an electrode is passed through the skin to the nerves that surround the facet joint. A radiofrequency current is then applied, which deadens the nerves causing pain.

Am I a Candidate for a Rhizotomy?

If you have explored conservative treatments for your spinal pain, and have undergone facet injections without continued relief, you might discuss a rhizotomy procedure with your doctor.

The rhizotomy procedure has been successful in relieving chronic back pain and muscle spasms in our patients at Q Spine Institute. If you find that you have responded well to facet injections, a rhizotomy will likely be an effective pain treatment option for you.

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