What is Radio Frequency Facet Rhizotomy

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Radio frequency facet rhizotomy, also known as radio frequency nerve ablation, is a endoscopic spine procedure that uses electrical pulses to block nerve signals and is considered an effective treatment for chronic back pain management. This outpatient procedure can be used to treat many kinds of chronic back pain and has been used extensively in the treatment of spine facet joints which are the small joints found between and behind the vertebrae.
During radio frequency nerve ablation of facet joints, the patient is awake and under mild sedation with local anesthesia. The surgeon uses x-ray guidance to accurately position the radio frequency probe which uses heat to deaden the nerve thereby eliminating back pain.

Benefits of Radio Frequency Facet Rhizotomy

  • Radio frequency nerve ablation has been in use for many years and the technique continues to improve with better efficacy and fewer risks.
  • Patients can experience significant pain relief with this minimally invasive procedure that does not require a long hospital stay.
  • Nerve ablation of facet joints is performed in an operative setting using mild sedation and local anesthetics. Fluoroscopic x-ray guidance allows the orthopedic surgeon to accurately position the radio frequency ablation probe adjacent to the medical branch nerves to be treated.

Treated Conditions

  • Spinal Arthritis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Facet Arthritis
  • Whiplash
  • Sprains & Strains

When is Radio Frenquency Facet Rhizotomy Recommended?

This nerve ablation pain relief technique can be used successfully for those with back pain, neck pain, muscle pain, or other discomforts.
For additional information about this procedure and other treatments, please contact us today.

For additional information about this procedure and other treatments, please contact us today.

 
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