Utilizing radiofrequency (RF) energy, rhizotomy is an advanced, nonsurgical procedure our skilled physicians perform to alleviate the chronic or sudden onset of facet joint pain in the back. The spinal column is made up of 33 vertebrae (bones), each of which contains two facet joints that function as hinges to allow for proper movement and function of the spine. Rhizotomy severs the nerve in the affected facet joints to provide relief from chronic back pain. Our pain management specialists are highly experienced and trained in performing rhizotomy procedures in every section of the spine, including the sacral, lumbar, thoracic, and cervical regions. To have your condition accurately diagnosed and to learn about cutting-edge treatment options that can provide relief, schedule an appointment at Tricity Pain Associates in South Austin or Round Rock, TX.
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Rhizotomy is performed in one of our state-of-the-art treatment rooms on an outpatient basis and is a procedure that generally lasts about 30 – 90 minutes. To begin, our team will have you lying face down and we will administer a local anesthetic within the treatment area. IV sedation may also be provided to help you remain comfortable and relaxed throughout your procedure. Using fluoroscopy (live x-ray technology), our doctors will precisely position a needle into the affected joint through which an electrode will be threaded to transmit radiofrequency waves to the tissues. RF technology emits heat that cauterizes and severs the nerve within the spine while keeping surrounding tissues intact. The rhizotomy process disables sensory nerves, which in turn blocks the transmission of pain signals. Offering a high rate of success, rhizotomy can help patients suffering from severe pain experience about an 80% improvement in their symptoms.
If the chronic back or neck pain from facet joint syndrome has left you searching for effective pain relief, we encourage you to schedule a visit with our pain management team right away. Contact Tricity Pain Associates in Round Rock and South Austin, TX and get the personalized care you need to enjoy greater-quality living.