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Facet Rhizotomy

Posted On: 05-27-2015
Facet Rhizotomy

What is Facet Rhizotomy?

During facet rhizotomy, the facet joint nerves are deadened using focused heat from an electrode that is inserted into vertebrae.

Also Known As:

  • Facet deadening
  • Nerve deadening
  • Pain management
  • Radiofrequency facet rhizotomy
  • Radiofrequency articular rhizolysis
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy
  • Radiofrequency ablation for facet joint
  • Percutaneous facet coagulation
  • Percutaneous radiofrequency neurotomy
  • Percutaneous radiofrequency facet denervation
  • Rhizotomy

Conditions Treated with Facet Rhizotomy:

Facet rhizotomy is used in cases such as facet joint pain, arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lumbar, cervical and thoracic spine pain.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Facet Rhizotomy:

Non-surgical alternatives to facet rhizotomy include physical therapy, occupational therapy, strength training, steroid injections and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication.

Anesthesia with Facet Rhizotomy:

Facet rhizotomy is performed with local anesthesia and sedation.

Potential Complications from Facet Rhizotomy:

Possible risks following facet rhizotomy include soreness, bruising, swelling and bleeding at the infection site. It is also possible to experience numbness and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.

Prognosis after Facet Rhizotomy:

The prognosis for a positive end result following facet rhizotomy is good.

Recovery from Facet Rhizotomy:

Total recovery time following facet rhizotomy is one to two days.

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