What is a rhizotomy?

Rhizotomy is a surgical procedure to sever nerve roots in the spinal cord. The procedure effectively relieves chronic back pain and muscle spasms. For spinal joint pain, a facet rhizotomy may provide lasting low back pain relief by disabling the sensory nerve at the facet joint.

Recovery & Results

Many patients report not feeling the full effects of the rhizotomy procedure until two to four weeks after the procedure. The pain relief induced by this procedure may last anywhere from six months to two years. As your nerve(s) heal from this procedure, the pain will continue to improve. Unfortunately, the nerve will eventually grow back, which may lead to a return of previous pain levels.

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