An endoscopic rhizotomy is an outpatient procedure that’s one of the least invasive procedures that allows our physician direct visualization of the dorsal ramus branch of nerves including the medial and lateral branch nerves. These nerves innervate the facet joint and connect the pain signal from your back muscles to your brain. When our physician directly observes the nerves with an HD endoscope, he can see and ablate the nerves with certainty and provide significant long-term back and neck pain relief. This least-invasive procedure has significant advantages over the pain management’s percutaneous radiofrequency facet ablation procedure, which is done under a fluoroscopic X-ray.
The endoscopic rhizotomy procedure may be used to treat patients who are suffering from:
- Chronic back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Pain when leaning backward (but leaning forward is fine)
- Patients who experienced temporary relief with a percutaneous medial branch rhizotomy
Patients report better long-term results from this least-invasive procedure, compared to a traditional percutaneous rhizotomy. An endoscopic rhizotomy can effectively treat back pain, spasms, and provide chronic back pain relief.