How does Rhizotomy Treatment Work?
It is accomplished by placing a special needle alongside the facet joint under X-ray control. Following this, a controlled heat lesion is made to decrease the sensation of the facet joints. Nerve testing is performed to verify the proper position of the needle. An intravenous solution may be started so that medications or a short-acting sedative, if necessary, can be given during the procedure.
Rhizotomy treatment will take approximately 20 – 30 minutes. You will then be monitored afterward for an additional 15-30 minutes. After you return home, you may use ice packs to relieve any discomfort. You may have some minor discomfort in the area during the first week following the procedure. Most patients notice an improvement in about 7-10 days but it may take up to a few weeks for you to notice any improvement.