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Doctor insights on: Is The Lumbar Facet Rhizotomy A Risky Thing To Do

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


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Is the lumbar facet rhizotomy a risky thing to do?

Is the lumbar facet rhizotomy a risky thing to do?

FACET RHIZOTOMY: A lumbar facet rhizotomy is a minimally invasive procedure that can, when successful, relieve back or neck pain caused by facet joints. Risky? All surgical procedures are risky, especially when done along the spinal nerves. Ask your doctor about the risks you are worried about. Best luck. ...Read more

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What are the outcomes of lumbar facet rhizotomy? What percentage of people get relief? What are the risks? Do people end up worse afterward?

What are the outcomes of lumbar facet rhizotomy? What percentage of people get relief? What are the risks? Do people end up worse afterward?

Varies: The results vary tremendously and proper patient selection is critical. To be a good candidate, you would have to have had complete relief in your pain from a facet injection, indicating the pain is indeed coming from the facet. It is a fairly safe procedure. Some literature suggests it can help while other articles say it works no better than a placebo. Thank you, . ...Read more

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Why would lumbar facet steroid injections work but when i did the medial branch block to see if a rhizotomy would help, it did nothing?

Why would lumbar facet steroid injections work but when i did the medial branch block  to see if  a rhizotomy would  help, it  did nothing?

Muscle pain: Often the lumbar paraspinal musculature can also be the issue. Because the facet joint helped it suggests that the steroid actually improved pain where as the anesthetic only mbb didn't. The other question is that are their other structures that could cause pain like disc, annular tears, muscles, etc. ...Read more

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Does facet joint rhizotomy help?

Does facet joint rhizotomy help?

Often: The workup prior to rhizotomy is key in determining which candidates are appropriate. If your facet joints have successfully been blocked on two occasions, whether by intra-articular injections or medial branch blocks, then it is likely you will gain significant relief from radiofrequency. ...Read more

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Does facet joint rhizotomy work well?

Often: The workup prior to rhizotomy is key in determining which candidates are appropriate. If your facet joints have successfully been blocked on two occasions, whether by intra-articular injections or medial branch blocks, then it is likely you will gain significant relief from radiofrequency. ...Read more

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What is the cost of facet rhizotomy?

What is the cost of facet rhizotomy?

Costs Vary: Depends on where its done and which part of the country you are in. Office based treatments are much cheaper than going to a surgical center or hospital. ...Read more

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Rhizotomy (Definition)

A rhizotomy is a procedure used to destroy nerve endings to prevent pain signals being sent to the brain. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this. Sometimes a doctor will use heat or chemicals to destroy the nerves. This is used for people who have not responded to more conservative pain treatments such as over the counter ...Read more


Facet (Definition)

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise ...Read more