How to Know If a Facet Ablation or Rhizotomy is Right For You
If you are struggling with chronic neck or back pain caused by facet-mediated conditions, you may be wondering if a facet ablation or rhizotomy procedure could provide relief. These procedures involve the removal of sensory nerves that transmit pain signals to the brain and are highly effective in reducing or eliminating chronic pain.
At Orthopedic & Laser Spine Surgery, we are leaders in using laser technology for pain management. With a team of highly skilled and experienced specialists, we are committed to helping our patients find relief from chronic pain. If you are interested in learning more about facet ablation or rhizotomy and whether it could be right for you, we encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation.
How Is a Facet Ablation or Rhizotomy Performed?
A facet ablation procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that patients can return home the same day as the surgery. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, with the patient awake but numb in the treated area.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision in the skin and use specialized instruments to access the targeted nerve fibers. The surgeon may then use a laser or other specialized tools to destroy or cut the nerve fibers, interrupting the transmission of pain signals. In some cases, a chemical solution may be injected to block the transmission of pain signals. The entire procedure typically takes about 30-60 minutes to complete, depending on the patient’s specific circumstances.
What Is the Typical Recovery Time After a Rhizotomy Procedure?
Recovery time after a rhizotomy procedure can vary depending on the patient’s specific circumstances and the surgery’s extent. Most patients can generally return to their normal activities within a few days to a week after the procedure. However, it is important to follow the surgeon’s instructions for post-procedure care, which may include taking pain medications and avoiding certain activities to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.
During the recovery period, it is common to experience some soreness or discomfort in the treatment area. Over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications may be recommended to manage discomfort. It is important to follow the surgeon’s instructions for taking these medications and to report any persistent or severe pain to the surgeon.
It is also important to be aware of any potential complications that may arise during recovery. These may include infection, bleeding, or nerve damage. It is important to report any unusual symptoms or concerns to the surgeon as soon as possible.
What Are the Benefits of a Facet Ablation or Rhizotomy Procedure?
A facet ablation or rhizotomy procedure is a minimally invasive surgery that is used to relieve chronic pain in the neck or back. There are several potential benefits to this procedure, including:
- Pain relief: This can be accomplished by destroying or ablating the nerve fibers that transmit pain signals to the brain, or by interrupting the transmission of these signals through a chemical solution.
- Minimally invasive: Both facet ablation and rhizotomy are less invasive than traditional open surgery and typically involve a shorter recovery time and less risk of complications.
- Outpatient procedure: In most cases, facet ablation and rhizotomy procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that patients can return home on the same day as the surgery.
- Cost-effective: Because these procedures are minimally invasive and performed on an outpatient basis, they can often be more cost-effective than traditional open surgery.
It is important to note that every individual is different, and the benefits of a facet ablation or rhizotomy procedure will vary depending on the patient’s specific circumstances. Discussing the potential risks and benefits of any procedure with a qualified healthcare professional is always important.
What Factors Will a Physician Consider When Assessing My Eligibility for Facet Ablation or Rhizotomy?
A physician will consider several factors when determining if a patient qualifies for a facet ablation or rhizotomy procedure, including:
The physician will need to confirm that the patient’s chronic pain is caused by a specific condition that can be treated with a facet ablation or rhizotomy procedure. This may include spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or facet joint syndrome.
They will review your medical history to ensure you do not have any underlying conditions that could increase the risk of complications from the procedure.
The medical practitioner will perform a physical examination to assess the patient’s overall health and to identify any areas of the spine that may be causing pain.
The physician may request imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRI, or CT scans, to better understand your spinal anatomy and identify any abnormalities contributing to the pain.
Response to Previous Treatment
They will also consider your response to previous treatment methods, such as physical therapy or medications, to determine if a facet ablation or rhizotomy procedure is the best course.
Ultimately, the decision to undergo a facet ablation or rhizotomy procedure should be made in consultation with a qualified healthcare professional.
Contact the Experienced Surgeons at Orthopedic & Laser Spine Surgery Today
Are you tired of living with chronic neck or back pain and wondering if a facet ablation or rhizotomy procedure could be the solution? Orthopedic & Laser Spine Surgery’s highly skilled and experienced surgeons have a strong track record of success with these procedures.
Before proceeding with any surgical procedure, it is important to assess the potential risks and benefits thoroughly. We take a personalized approach to patient care and will carefully consider your individual needs and circumstances before making a recommendation. Don’t let chronic pain control your life any longer. Get in touch with us with our contact form or by giving us a call at (855) 853-6542.