What is Rhizotomy?
Rhizotomy is a highly effective, minimally invasive surgery that relieves neck and chronic back pain by severing the nerve roots in the spinal cord. The procedure utilizes an electrified hot probe that’s inserted at the sensory nerve right outside the joint. This disables the nerve and prohibits the brain from receiving pain signals.
Facet injections are often completed before rhizotomy, and offer greater diagnostic information for your physician. Good results from facet injections are often an indicator for greater results for rhizotomy. After the procedure, improvement in back pain is noticeably better.
Common Conditions Treated by Rhizotomy
Conditions that are commonly treated by rhizotomy are:
- Chronic back and neck pain
- Spinal joint pain
- Back muscle spasms
- Degenerative disc disease
Facts About Rhizotomy
Here are a few quick facts about rhizotomy you should know:
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Great success rates in alleviating chronic back pain, spinal joint pain, and muscle spasms
- Facet injections are a great indicator that signals patients are benefiting from rhizotomy
- Pain can be alleviated for up to a year, and the procedure can be performed again if necessary
if your symptoms don’t improve with other methods such as physical therapy or other methods of conservative care, you could be a good candidate for this procedure.