Direct Visualized Rhizotomy

What type of anesthesia is used in a direct visualized rhizotomy

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If you’ve heard about direct visualized rhizotomy (DVR), you may also have heard that there are different types of anesthesia used in this procedure. Our surgical team at Phoenix Spine & Joint can help you learn about the two anesthetic options we use during DVR procedures.

What types of anesthesia are used in direct visualized rhizotomy procedures?

Any form of surgery, even one as straightforward as DVR, needs an anesthetic to protect the patient from pain. At Phoenix Spine & Joint, our surgical team includes highly trained and experienced anesthesiologists who make sure you get the best anesthesia for you, and they allow us to use two different types in our DVR procedures.

One type of anesthesia we use in DVR procedures is twilight sedation. Also known as conscious sedation, twilight sedation helps relieve anxiety and block pain during surgery, but it doesn’t put you to sleep completely. There are several advantages to this form of anesthesia. One advantage is that it typically takes much less time to wear off than general anesthesia once the surgery is complete. It also tends to have fewer side effects for the patient.

If you aren’t comfortable having a DVR done with twilight sedation, our team also offers general anesthesia as an option as well. This type of anesthesia is more familiar to people, and it’s designed to make you completely unconscious during surgery and block pain. However, general anesthesia also takes longer to wear off, and it may cause side effects like nausea, vomiting or dizziness.

Find out more about DVR at Phoenix Spine & Joint

Now that you know the types of anesthesia used in DVR procedures at Phoenix Spine & Joint, you may want to find out more about this procedure. Our team is ready to help you find out anything you want to know about DVR. In fact, learning more about this procedure may help you realize that other, more invasive surgeries aren’t necessary to treat your back pain.
Contact one of our patient care coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free second opinion.

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