Are you suffering from chronic back pain that just won't go away, despite trying various treatments? If so, a rhizotomy may be the solution you've been searching for. A rhizotomy is a minimally invasive procedure that selectively disables or deactivates the nerves that are responsible for transmitting pain signals from the facet joints of the spine.
Rhizotomies have a 70 to 80% success rate in reducing or eliminating back pain, and this relief can last for a year or more. However, it's important to ensure that the correct facet joint is being targeted in the procedure to ensure its effectiveness. This is where a medial branch block comes in.
A medial branch block is a reversible procedure where local anesthetic is injected into the nerves that supply the facet joint. This is done prior to the rhizotomy to confirm the correct facet joint/s is being treated. By using a medial branch block to temporarily block the nerves, the physician can confirm that the facet joint being targeted is the source of the patient's pain before proceeding with the more permanent rhizotomy procedure.
If you are tired of living with chronic back pain and want to explore a new solution, a rhizotomy may be the right choice for you. And with the use of medial branch blocks, you can be assured that the procedure is targeting the correct facet joint to provide the most effective relief possible.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about the benefits of rhizotomies and medial branch blocks for back pain relief.