What is Rhizotomy?
Rhizotomy is a non-surgical, minimally-invasive procedure sometimes used to treat the pain and symptoms of chronic facet disease. In this procedure, the diseased facet levels are identified and the nerves leading to the painful facet joints are localized. A small needle is inserted adjacent to the nerve and the nerve is destroyed using radiofrequency (RF) energy. The procedure is repeated at multiple levels to best treat the source of the pain.
More about the Process
The procedure is performed with the patient lying on his or her stomach on a table equipped with state of the art imaging technology to help the interventional radiologist precisely locate and work with the affected nerve blocks. After numbing the area, small needles are placed adjacent to the problem sensory nerves and these are then treated with radiofrequency energy.