Lumbar Endoscopic Rhizotomy
About Endoscopic Rhizotomy
Endoscopic Rhizotomy also called radiofrequency neurotomy, is a minimally invasive neurosurgical procedure in which spinal nerve roots are cauterized for permanent relief. This procedure is performed to provide pain relief caused by damaged facet joints.
The spinal cord has a pair of facet joints at each level of the spine. Osteoarthritis in both or one facet joint can cause pain similar to arthritis in hips and knees. The main causes associated with degeneration of the facet joints are aging, spinal injury, side-effect of disc degeneration, stress from previous spinal fusion surgery, and stress caused by spine or brain tumors.
Endoscopic Rhizotomy is a successful spine surgery for curing pain caused by facet joint degeneration in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.
Who Needs the Surgery?
A good candidate for the surgery is a patient who is suffering from neck pain, back pain, and muscle spasms because of the degeneration of facet joints.
The patient must have confirmation of the pain source from spine specialists, facet injections, or dorsal branch blocks can confirm the source as well.
An Endoscopic Rhizotomy is prescribed after conservative medical treatment options have failed to cure the pain.
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How is it Performed?
Endoscopic Rhizotomy is a simple, minimally invasive procedure. The following steps can be expected during the surgery:
- The patient is given local anesthesia.
- The spine surgeon inserts a cannula into the nerve under fluoroscopic guidance. An electrode is passed through the wire to the spinal nerve.
- An endoscope is inserted to visualize the medial branch of the dorsal ramus (dorsal branch of the spinal nerve).
- An electric current is passed in the wire, which is conducted by the electrode, the heat from the current cauterizes nerve endings, disabling them from sending a pain signal to the brain.
Endoscopic Rhizotomy cures the pain for up to a year after which the procedure may be repeated.
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