Video Animation of an Endoscopic Facet Rhizotomy Procedure
With the guidance of x-rays, our endoscopic rhizotomy is completed without damaging surrounding muscles or soft tissue like traditional spine surgery.
Advantages of endoscopic facet rhizotomy surgery include the following:
The patient is brought to the operating room and is administered with a local anesthetic and intravenous sedation. The surgical targets are marked at the skin level under fluoroscopic guidance (x-rays), and a small cut (about 7 mm) is made on the skin. Then, a tube is inserted to the target. The endoscope is then placed through the tube and the small nerve branches (medial branch) from the nerve root are identified. A laser is then used to deaden the nerve branches, which only have a sensory function. Finally, the tube is removed, the incision is closed with a stitch or two, and the endoscopic facet rhizotomy is complete.
Upon completion, the patient is encouraged to walk around and is free to leave the surgical center, with a companion, the same day. After a follow-up visit with the surgeon the next day, the patient can go home for a quick recovery.
Before surgical spine treatment is considered, we will exhaust conservative, non-surgical spine treatment options first. Our advanced diagnostic and pain mapping techniques enable us to ensure precise diagnosis, which is one of the most important factors towards effective treatment of your pain.