Rhizotomy is an innovative procedure that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to detach nerves in the facet joints within the spine. Existing within the cervical, sacral, lumbar, and thoracic section of the spine, the facet joints aid in the stable flexibility and mobility of the spine. Throughout a rhizotomy, the RF energy is emitted to the facet joints in order to cauterize the nerve while preventing any damage to the surrounding tissues. At Tricity Pain Associates, our skilled team of pain management experts provides rhizotomy procedures as a way to reduce pain signals. When you are suffering from chronic or acute back pain, contact our state-of-the-art Kyle, TX facility to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced physicians. As a highly successful procedure, a rhizotomy can help you receive 80% pain relief.
Rhizotomy is performed as an outpatient procedure and takes around 30 – 90 minutes to complete. To start the procedure, you will lie on your stomach as a local anesthetic is administered to the area being treated and intravenous sedation might also be provided to help keep you relaxed. Next, a live x-ray is used to accurately position the needed into the area and the RF electrode is inserted through the needle. The RF technology utilizes heat to sever the nerve while keeping all nearby tissues intact, keeping sensory nerves from emitting pain signals.
Learn more about rhizotomy procedures by contacting Tricity Pain Associates in Kyle, TX to schedule a consultation.