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Endoscopic Rhizotomy

A game-changer in the management of chronic back pain, endoscopic rhizotomy is at the forefront of minimally invasive spine procedures. By utilizing advanced endoscopic technology, our doctors can precisely access and treat affected nerves, providing relief to patients suffering from severe and persistent pain.

What is an Endoscopic Rhizotomy?

Endoscopic RhizotomyEndoscopic rhizotomy, also known as facet rhizotomy or radiofrequency ablation, is a minimally invasive procedure aimed at alleviating chronic back and neck pain caused by disorders of the facet joints in the spine.

Facet joints are small joints located between each vertebra that help stabilize the spine and enable smooth movement. When these joints become painful due to conditions like arthritis or injury, they can cause persistent discomfort.

Rhizotomy involves using an endoscope, a thin, flexible tube equipped with a camera and light, to precisely target and disrupt the nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals from the facet joints. By selectively ablating these nerves, the procedure effectively reduces pain and enhances your quality of life.

What Conditions Does an Endoscopic Rhizotomy Treat?

Endoscopic rhizotomy is primarily used to manage chronic back and neck pain resulting from facet joint-related conditions. It is a preferred treatment option for individuals experiencing facet joint arthritis, degeneration, or injury. These conditions can cause inflammation and irritation of the facet joints, leading to persistent pain and reduced mobility.

Patients who have not responded well to conservative treatments like physical therapy, medication, or injections may benefit from this procedure as well. Endoscopic rhizotomy offers significant relief by interrupting the transmission of pain signals from the affected facet joints, allowing individuals to regain functionality and improve their daily activities.

How is an Endoscopic Rhizotomy Done?

  1. Anesthesia: You will be administered local anesthesia to numb the targeted area, ensuring a pain-free procedure. 
  2. Needle Insertion: Using live x-ray guidance, a specialized needle is inserted into the facet joint. 
  3. Electrode placement: Through the needle, a tiny electrode is threaded and positioned near the nerves responsible for pain signals. 
  4. Radiofrequency wave application: The electrode emits radiofrequency waves that generate heat, ablating the nerves and interrupting their ability to send pain signals to the brain.

Endoscopic rhizotomy is a highly accurate and minimally invasive procedure, resulting in reduced pain, improved mobility, and quick recovery.

Updated on Jun 26, 2024 by Dr. Jamie Gottlieb (Orthopedic Spine Surgeon) of Orthopedic Spine Center: Dr. Jamie Gottlieb

Dr. Jamie Gottlieb, MD

Dr. Jamie Gottlieb, MD, is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with over two decades of experience treating chronic and degenerative spinal conditions, such as spinal stenosis and ongoing neck and lower back pain. Dr. Gottlieb prioritizes building strong relationships with his patients, understanding their medical history and goals, and ensuring personalized treatment. Emphasizing non-surgical solutions whenever possible, Dr. Gottlieb is also well-versed in traditional, minimally invasive, and motion preservation surgery techniques.

Dr. Gottlieb earned his medical degree from Cornell University and completed his residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. After completing his residency, Dr. Gottlieb went on to gain experience as a spine surgeon and an emergency response physician at hospitals and emergency care centers in Fort Worth and Dallas. He also served as a research associate at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego and has continued to publish his findings in respected publications.

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Orthopedic Spine Center: Dr. Jamie Gottlieb
6121 State Hwy 161, Ste 225
Irving, TX 75038
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