Spinal joints and sacroiliac joints are often source of disabling pain. Initial treatment includes medication, physiotherapy, and activity modification. Radiofrequency, Rhizotomy is a procedure that is extremely beneficial for patients with back pain having failed conservative methods. Based on the pain relief after joint/ sacroiliac injections, Rhizotomy offers long lasting and often permanent pain relief. The procedure involves using very fine probes to target the nerves around the joint that carry the pain signals. The probe then heats up the nerves and results in pain relief.
Painful facet joints and sacroiliac joints.
You will lie with your face down.
An intravenous line will be secured.
You will be given some light sedation or anesthesia.
The skin at the site of injections will be cleaned.
The skin is numbed with medication.
Under X-ray guidance, the area under interest will be approached with fine needles/ probes.
Rhizotomy is done at the target area.
The whole procedure takes around 30- 60 minutes.
·You will be allowed on the same day after the procedure.
·The doctor will speak to you after the procedure and assess your pain.
·You may be able to go home after a few hours after the procedure or the next day.
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