Endoscopic Facet Rhizotomy

The Endoscopic Facet Rhizotomy procedure is a true minimally invasive spine surgery used to deaden affected nerves causing chronic back and neck pain.

With the guidance of x-rays, our endoscopic rhizotomy is completed without damaging surrounding muscles or soft tissue like traditional spine surgery.

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What are the advantages of an Endoscopic Facet Rhizotomy?

Advantages of endoscopic facet rhizotomy surgery include the following:

  • Minimally Invasive
  • Short recovery
  • High Success rate
  • Minimal or no blood loss
  • Preservation of spinal mobility
  • Small incision and minimal scar tissue formation
  • Same day surgery with no hospitalization (outpatient procedure)

What Conditions Can Endoscopic Facet Rhizotomy Treat?

Lumbar Endoscopic Facet Rhizotomy

  • Chronic low back pain
  • Facet hypertrophy
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Facet joint injuries
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Whiplash syndromes

Cervical Endoscopic Facet Rhizotomy

  • Chronic neck pain
  • Facet hypertrophy
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Facet joint injuries
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Whiplash syndromes

How Is an Endoscopic Facet Rhizotomy Done?

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.

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