If you are suffering from pain in the spine, especially due to the facet joints, a rhizotomy can help you eliminate pain and achieve long-lasting relief. At The Pain Management Center, we offer rhizotomy and other surgical pain management techniques to the residents of Linwood, Hamilton and Turnersville, NJ.
What is a Rhizotomy?
A rhizotomy is a surgical pain management technique that eliminates the nerves’ ability to transmit pain signals to the brain. Rhizotomy is also known as radiofrequency neurotomy, and uses controlled electric energy to heat and damage part of the nerve. This technique is often used to manage pain in the facet joints, which develops from the joints of the spine pressing onto the spinal nerves. These issues with the facet joints can occur due to injury, aging, or conditions like osteoarthritis.
How is a Rhizotomy Performed?
The rhizotomy procedure, although surgical, is fairly simple. In fact, it is often performed using only local anesthetic. During the procedure, a small needle will be inserted into the nerves where pain signals are originating. Then, we will apply controlled radiofrequency energy to the nerves using this needle. This process heats and damages the nerves, preventing them from sending pain signals through the body. The rhizotomy treatment takes about an hour to perform.
What is Recovery Like After a Rhizotomy?
After a rhizotomy, patients are encouraged to take at least a day off of normal activities. Exercise, heavy lifting, and other strenuous activities should be avoided for at least a few days. You may notice some swelling, soreness or bruising in the treatment area, but these symptoms should fade shortly after treatment.
What Kind of Results Can I Achieve from a Rhizotomy?
After a rhizotomy, the nerves are no longer able to transmit pain signals to the brain. This means you should notice an improvement in your pain levels as soon as immediately after your procedure. The body heals itself over time, meaning that your nerves will regenerate and some pain may return. However, most patients enjoy the results from their rhizotomy treatment for a year or longer. The procedure can be repeated as needed.
To learn more about the rhizotomy procedure or to schedule your initial visit, contact us today at The Pain Management Center. We welcome patients from Hamilton, Voorhees, Linwood, and the surrounding areas of New Jersey.