Back pain is so common that most people suffer from it at some point in their lives. However, if the pain persists for twelve weeks or more, it’s no longer acute pain that can easily go away on its own. Persistent pain is considered chronic pain, which is often an indicator of something more serious. Additionally, back pain can limit your physical abilities for weeks, months, and even years which can take a substantial toll on your mental health as much as it does your physical health.
The award-winning and board-certified spinal specialists at NJ Spine & Orthopedic are committed to providing the most effective, cutting-edge, and minimally invasive treatments available for back pain. Depending on the source of your back pain, you may need a simple procedure called rhizotomy to help relieve your pain. When it comes to finding the best possible solution for your back pain, it’s important to work with a skilled and experienced spinal specialist. Our team at NJ Spine & Orthopedic will ensure that your treatment is tailored to your condition and unique needs.
Rhizotomy surgery eliminates sensation from an irritated nerve by eliminating nerve fibers essential for delivering pain signals to the brain. A surgical tool may be used to cut the nerve fibers, or the nerve fibers can be burned chemically or using an electrical current. Rhizotomy surgery typically results in instant pain alleviation that lasts several years until the nerve heals and can send pain signals once again. Rhizotomy is also referred to as neurotomy or ablation. The procedure is the process of removing or deadening tissues.
A rhizotomy surgeon begins the procedure by overseeing the insertion of an electrode through fluoroscopy. After inserting the needle, an electrical current activates the painful nerve to determine its precise location. The sensory nerves are deadened by heating the electrode that prevents pain messages from reaching the brain.
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Rhizotomy is a procedure that can treat various painful conditions and unusual nerve activity, including:
This procedure can also treat other conditions that affect the peripheral nervous system.
Rhizotomy surgery improves a patient’s overall quality of life by reducing neck and back pain. A rhizotomy procedure helps patients return to their regular activities by restoring movement and reducing pain in a safe, effective, and minimally invasive manner. The procedure can also provide necessary relief from nerve pain, which can be immensely painful.
This procedure is among the most minor invasive treatments available for addressing back and neck pain. However, it will only be provided as an option when other more conservative treatment methods have not succeeded in providing pain relief to patients with severe facet joint problems. When the patient’s back pain is isolated to one area or location in the spinal column, and they aren’t experiencing other symptoms, a rhizotomy surgery may benefit them.
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Rhizotomy is a procedure that can take on many different forms, but all of them require severing the nerve fibers that deliver pain signals. Rhizotomies can be carried out under local or general anesthesia, depending on where the nerve is located. They are frequently guided by X-ray, fluoroscopy, and other alternative imaging techniques to assure accuracy.
A glycerol or glycerin rhizotomy treats the damaged nerve root with a small amount of glycerol or glycerin substance. These substances destroy the symptoms in the nerve fibers between forty-five to sixty minutes.
A radiofrequency rhizotomy or radiofrequency ablation procedure is comparable to a glycerol rhizotomy, except that instead of utilizing a substance to damage the fibers, a radiofrequency signal destroys the nerve fibers. It is frequently used on patients who don’t fully benefit from a glycerol rhizotomy, have experienced repeated pain, or might require help breaking through scar tissue.
During an endoscopic rhizotomy, the affected nerve is located and the fibers are severed using a camera tool called an endoscope. A tubular retractor technique (which consists of several tubing) is used to implant the endoscope using a tiny incision. As a result, healthy tissue and organs can be avoided and the surgeon can reach the nerve. This procedure is also known as a visualized rhizotomy.
Most rhizotomy procedures involve the use of general anesthesia. However, other procedures, such as facet rhizotomy, can be performed with local anesthesia. The nerve fibers that require removal are located using medical imaging, which directs tools to the right positions.
The placement of the patient depends on the type of rhizotomy performed. For instance, a patient may need to rest on their belly with padding over their bony areas if they suffer from a lower back condition. The patient will remain seated throughout a trigeminal neuralgia glycerol injection process.
When you’ve exhausted all conservative methods for severe spinal and joint pain without success, it may be time to speak with a skilled spinal specialist who can walk you through your next options, such as a rhizotomy procedure. A surgeon specializing in rhizotomy procedures can provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision on your treatment options.
At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we pride ourselves on our patient-centered care system that gives our patients the resources and knowledge to make informed decisions about their own conditions. We encourage our patients to explore all treatment options before reaching a decision. Our goal is to help our patients find the best possible solutions and the least invasive procedures possible to ensure the best possible outcomes. Contact us today to schedule an appointment by completing our contact form or calling (866) 553-0612.
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