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Endoscopic Rhizotomy Quick Facts

How It Works:

  • Small 7 mm incision is made on the skin without cutting through muscle or tissue
  • The endoscope (small microscope) is inserted through the opening in order to view affected nerves
  • A laser is used to deaden the affected nerves to eliminate pain
  • Patients can check-out the same day for a comfortable and quick at-home recovery

Typical Conditions:

  • Chronic neck or back pain
  • Facet joint arthritis or injuries
  • Facet hypertrophy
  • Failed back surgery syndrome

“Safe, effective and long-term pain relief for up to 5 years.”

SMISS (Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery)

Recovery Time*

2-3 weeks

* All recovery periods vary depending on the person or severity of the condition.

Is Endoscopic Rhizotomy Right for Me?

The endoscopic rhizotomy procedure can be effective in relieving chronic back and neck pain that a patient experiences, typically from conditions like facet joint syndrome, spondylosis, or osteoarthritis.

If conservative treatments like pain medication, hot and cold therapy, or physical therapy are not alleviating your symptoms, you might consider surgical treatments as an option.

In an endoscopic rhizotomy, the surgeon makes a small incision in the surgical area, and uses an endoscope to view the affected area. A narrow radiofrequency probe is used to deaden the small section of nerve fibers causing the pain.

Am I a Candidate for Endoscopic Rhizotomy?

As with all surgical procedures, there are risks to consider, and complications may occur. Discuss all of your treatment options with your doctor, so you are aware of the risks and benefits of these procedures.

The endoscopic rhizotomy procedure is minimally invasive, and performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery typically takes only a few weeks. Pain medication may be prescribed during the recovery period, and physical therapy is recommended as a follow up to the procedure to help the patient gain back strength and mobility.

If you have questions about your condition, if your symptoms worsen, or you would like to find out more about minimally-invasive surgical treatments at Q Spine Institute, make an appointment for a consultation with us. We look forward to helping you!

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