What is an Endoscopic Rhizotomy

What is an endoscopic rhizotomy? A reducer of back pain

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If you’re living with back pain every day, you may be looking for a new way to treat your pain. At Phoenix Spine & Joint, we offer a procedure called direct visualized rhizotomy (DVR) that’s designed to treat a specific type of back pain, and this procedure is more commonly known as endoscopic rhizotomy. However, many patients may not know what an endoscopic rhizotomy is or how it may help them.

What is an endoscopic rhizotomy?

When patients come to see us about back pain at Phoenix Spine & Joint, many of them ask our team, “What is an endoscopic rhizotomy?” Rhizotomy is a method of reducing back pain that targets specific nerves in the back. What makes it an endoscopic rhizotomy is the use of an endoscope. This device is a thin tube with a light and tiny camera on the end, and it allows our surgeons to directly view problem areas of the spine without making a huge incision.

What is treated with endoscopic rhizotomy?

Our team at Phoenix Spine & Joint uses our method of endoscopic rhizotomy, called DVR, to help relieve facet joint pain. The facet joints run along the rear of the spine, and there are a pair of them at the rear of every vertebra. Like your knees or hips, facet joints can develop arthritis and other issues that cause them to become inflamed and painful. To help reduce the pain of inflamed facet joints, our team uses DVR.

DVR focuses on relieving facet joint pain by cutting off the pain signals from this joint. Each facet joint has a medial branch nerve running to each side of it, and it’s these nerves that carry signals, such as those for pain, from the facet joints. With DVR, our team uses an endoscope and other specialized and minimally invasive tools to cut the nerves running to the inflamed joint. This stops the pain signals coming from the joint, and in turn, the lack of pain signals helps reduce back pain.

Get DVR for your back pain at Phoenix Spine & Joint

Now that you know what an endoscopic rhizotomy, or DVR, is, you may be wondering where you can find this procedure. Well, look no further than Phoenix Spine & Joint. Our team offers a DVR procedure that’s designed to reduce back pain and provide other benefits. If you’re interested in learning more about this procedure, there’s only one initial step you need to take.

Contact one of our patient care coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free second opinion.

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