Direct Visualized Rhizotomy Surgery

What are the benefits of direct visualized rhizotomy surgery?

What are the benefits of direct visualized rhizotomy surgery? 1000 615 PS&J Admin

People with severe back pain that lasts more than 12 weeks should visit a medical professional for assistance. Chronic back pain usually doesn’t go away on its own. Instead, it requires medical treatment. Many conditions of the spine are treatable with noninvasive methods like medication or therapy. However, pain lasting longer than 12 weeks usually requires surgery for treatment.

Spinal fusion is a frequently performed method of back surgery. It can help reduce pain and improve your quality of life, but it limits the range of motion in your spine, implants hardware in your body, and is major surgery. Fortunately, there is an alternative treatment option for many of the same conditions that spinal fusion treats. We’re talking about direct visualized rhizotomy.

What is direct visualized rhizotomy?

Direct visualized rhizotomy is an ultra-minimally invasive back procedure that can treat osteoarthritis in the spine and other similar conditions. The objective of direct visualized rhizotomy is to sever the nerve branches to painful facet joints affected by osteoarthritis. Swollen facet joints are often the source of arthritic pain in the back. Severing the nerve branches offers a long-term solution to treating spinal pain and improving your quality of life.

What are the benefits of direct visualized rhizotomy?

For starters, direct visualized rhizotomy is much less invasive than spinal fusion and has much lower risk. People who have direct visual rhizotomy are able to retain their range of motion while experiencing the same kinds of results. There are many other benefits to direct visual rhizotomy as well, including:

  • It is fast — The direct visualized rhizotomy procedures usually take around 30 minutes.
  • Recovery is quick — Most direct visualized rhizotomy patients are able to walk within an hour after surgery. Some even dance in the recovery room, and many are able to return to work the next day.
  • It is safe — Surgeons have a direct visual of the nerve branches in direct visualized rhizotomy, so they can actually cut the pain fiber. Also, the procedure is ultra-minimally invasive. There is minimal damage to the muscles and there is very little blood loss or risk for infection.
  • It is effective — The results of direct visual rhizotomy are permanent, which is more than you can typically expect from radio-frequency ablation or other similar procedures. Because direct visualized rhizotomy is so effective, you are expected to stop relying on medications for your back pain.

Additionally, most people who have direct visual rhizotomy do not need general anesthesia, which comes with risks of its own. Most patients can usually undergo the procedure under twilight sedation, which sedates them and numbs the pain in the area of the surgery.

Contact Phoenix Spine & Joint for direct visual rhizotomy surgery

Our surgeons at Phoenix Spine & Joint specialize in many spinal procedures, including direct visualized rhizotomy. Would you like to learn more about this procedure and discover if you’re a good candidate for it? Contact our team today to ask us any questions about direct visual rhizotomy or schedule a free second opinion.