Endoscopic rhizotomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can help lessen chronic back and neck pain.
The procedure uses an endoscope, or tube with a camera on the end of it, to view the affected area. During the procedure, the surgeon deadens a small section of nerves around the facet joints of the spine to provide pain relief for the patient.
IS ENDOSCOPIC RHIZOTOMY RIGHT FOR ME?
The endoscopic rhizotomy procedure can be effective in relieving chronic back and neck pain that a patient experiences, typically from conditions like facet joint syndrome, spondylosis, or osteoarthritis.
If conservative treatments like pain medication, hot and cold therapy, or physical therapy are not alleviating your symptoms, you might consider surgical treatments as an option.
In an endoscopic rhizotomy, the surgeon makes a small incision in the surgical area, and uses an endoscope to view the affected area. A narrow radiofrequency probe is used to deaden the small section of nerve fibers causing the pain.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR ENDOSCOPIC RHIZOTOMY?
As with all surgical procedures, there are risks to consider, and complications may occur. Discuss all of your treatment options with your doctor, so you are aware of the risks and benefits of these procedures.
The endoscopic rhizotomy procedure is minimally invasive, and performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery typically takes only a few weeks. Pain medication may be prescribed during the recovery period, and physical therapy is recommended as a follow up to the procedure to help the patient gain back strength and mobility.
If you have questions about your condition, if your symptoms worsen, or you would like to find out more about minimally-invasive surgical treatments at California Spine & Pain Institute, make an appointment for a consultation with us. We look forward to helping you!